Calling all runners - could you run to fundraise for Safe and Sound?

Safe and Sound have a limited number of free charity places available for the HUUB Great Northern Run (10k or Half Marathon) on Sunday 18 March, Central Health Derby 10k on Sunday 15 April and the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon on Sunday 3 June.

We have free charity places if you would like to run to raise money for Safe and Sound. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We would ask that anyone applying to run for us commits to raising a minimum of £100 and with a target of at least £200.

If you’re after a real challenge, why not run them all?

HUUB’s Great Northern Run takes place in Mickleover on Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day so would be a great opportunity to help us to raise awareness of the support we offer to young victims of this abuse across Derby and Derbyshire whilst also raising funds.

The Central Health Derby 10k and the Derby Half Marathon are both annual running events which begin and end at Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium.

If you’re new to running but want to challenge yourself, Central Health Derby 10k have a free for runners Couch to 10k plan and there are various different points to join in depending on your fitness level and ability. Have a look at the Couch to 10k plan here.

Please fill in the following form to register your interest in any/all of the events. If you have been successful in receiving a place, we will send you out an information pack.

We will help all of our runners by giving you opportunities to share your training on our blog and social media to make you feel supported all the way. We know these are big challenges for many and are so grateful to anyone who takes part.

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Here is how the money you raise can help:

In 2017 the NSPCC reported that the number of recorded sexual offences against children has been increasing significantly. In England offences against under-18s have increased by 115 per cent in the last five years. However, as many cases of sexual abuse including child sexual exploitation are not reported or detected, let alone prosecuted, it is difficult to assess the true scale of the problem.

The effect of child sexual abuse is devastating. It impacts upon a young person’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and can lead to serious long-term issues such as mental-health problems as well as drug and alcohol addiction. It often impacts on a young person’s confidence, self-esteem and ability to engage with education and employment.

Our tailored programmes help to support young people in Derby and Derbyshire who are being, or are at risk of being, sexually exploited to move to a place of safety. We help support them to move forwards in ways that are right for each individual young person, so that they are no longer trapped or defined by the horrific things that have happened to them.

Many young people we’ve worked with want to help us work towards a world where children and young people are free from sexual exploitation, violence and abuse and ensure that victims receive the best support possible. If and when they choose to, we help facilitate ways for them to influence policies that affect them and to shape and improve societal attitudes towards child sexual exploitation.

We believe that listening to and learning from young people who have experienced child sexual exploitation will help us all to develop better services that fulfill their needs.