Local Business Answers Safe and Sound Half Marathon Appeal

27 March 2019

A keen runner from a local family-run business has been the first to pledge his support for Safe and Sound’s work to support young people across Derbyshire by entering the Derby Half Marathon this summer.

Antoni Jones, a supervisor at Derby Express Couriers in West Meadows Industrial Estate, will enter the event on Sunday June 9 as part of Team Safe and Sound.

Safe and Sound is a highly-regarded local charity which specialises in grassroots work across Derbyshire that transforms the lives of children and young people who are victims or are at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE).  They support individuals to move forward with their lives and raise awareness of the issue amongst local communities.

The charity has a limited number of free places available for novice and experienced runners alike to enter the half marathon on Sunday June 9.  In return for the free place, Safe and Sound ask runners to raise at least £200 to support its work.

Antoni explained: “We are Safe and Sound’s delivery partner and I was obviously keen to support their work by entering the Derby Half Marathon under their banner.

“Child sexual exploitation is a horrendous crime and there is no way that children and young people should suffer in this way.

“As a family business long-established in the city with local employees and customers, it is important to us to put something back into our local communities.

“I will be proud to be part of Team Safe and Sound and I hope that other individuals and businesses will also sign up to enter and raise money for this great local charity.”

Safe and Sound chair Catherine Arkley continued: “We are a small local charity who work exclusively with young people in Derbyshire who are victims or are at risk of child sexual exploitation.

“Our specialist support workers help these young people come to terms with their experiences so that they are no longer trapped or defined by them.

“We also raise awareness in local communities so that they can recognise the warning signs of this form of abuse and know where to go for support.

“We rely on public funding to continue this valuable work as well as expand the scope of work with young people and families and are therefore very grateful for this support.”

There are still some places left to support Safe and Sound at the Derby Half Marathon. For more information about how to enter the event and support Safe and Sound, please visit www.safeandsoundgroup.org.uk ; call 01332 362120 or email [email protected]

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Notes to the editor:

For more information please contact Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102/07951 945665; [email protected]

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