Spirit Health Club, located at the Holiday Inn Milton Keynes, have acted as matchmakers for two of their members. Milton Keynes Women & Work, the local charity based across the road from Spirit, were looking for a keen runner to enter the first Milton Keynes Marathon and raise sponsor money for the charity.
Janice Jones, Office Manager at Women & Work is a member at the gym and asked them to spread the word amongst their members. The cause appealed to young runner Estevan Silva, as he was recently made redundant and knows how demoralising it can be. He was surprised to find that Women & Work, despite their name, will also support men, so he made an appointment with a Women & Work adviser!
Women & Work’s prime focus is providing assisted job search in areas such as restructuring CVs and interview techniques to support disadvantaged women into paid employment. With unemployment in the city currently higher than the rest of the South East region their services are becoming stretched and underfunded.
Estevan is awaiting the outcome of his latest job interview and this time the outcome looks promising. He is still keen to raise as much money as possible though and the easiest way to sponsor him is using a mobile phone – just text the code MKWW22 and the amount to 70070 and it gets added to your phone bill.
A less strenuous way Women & Work is raising funds is through their new Spend and Raise eStore – www.spendandraise.com/womenandwork. By shopping with the usual online retailers through the eStore, commission on purchases is paid to the charity but the cost to the buyer remains exactly the same.