HP1 5km Charity Run – 22.09.19

By 22nd September 2019 September 24th, 2019 News, Past Events

This was our first HP1 Hemel Hempstead event as part of our Hertfordshire-wide campaign to get towns active. Our local partners, Dacorum Borough Council, led on organising their first ever Your Town Get-Together 5km run, to get local people active and bringing their energy to town!

100% of the £810 raised by ticket sales were donated directly to DENS and Sunnyside charities, to support all of the fantastic work they do with homeless and vulnerable people.

The day was an amazing celebration of the local community, right in the heart of Hemel Town Centre. We’re really excited for the next steps in engaging with the HP1 community and continuing to bring people together to get active and play their part in the community.


Since 2003 DENS has supported thousands of homeless and vulnerable individuals. All of this has been achieved with the help of over 250 volunteers, as well as through the backing of local community groups, schools, faith groups, businesses and with the assistance from a number of charitable trusts.

DENS began in 1998 as a temporary night shelter, rotating between 7 churches during winter. In 2003 the permanent Night Shelter opened, which was replaced in 2015 by The Elms. Today, DENS provide a wide variety of services to vulnerable people in the local area, including a food bank, emergency accommodation, a day centre and much more. Running in this event will help support the amazing work they do!

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Sunnyside Rural Trust was founded in 1990 as a small, horticultural project for young people and adults with learning disabilities. It is now a thriving charity and social enterprise, offering training and work experience for over 130 vulnerable people in the local community.

They train people with learning disabilities to acquire skills in a number of rural and retail activities. These include beekeeping, looking after chickens, growing a wide range of plants and produce, landscaping and garden maintenance. Their work takes place across Dacorum in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Northchurch in a range of tranquil settings. These include ancient woodland, allotments, orchards, greenhouses and a café and farm shop.

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We are delighted to be collaborating with an amazing range of local partners on bringing this event to life, including Dacorum Borough Council, Ocado, Everyone Active and the Hertfordshire LEP. You can learn more about all those involved by clicking on their logos below.


Our county-wide partners help to make all this possible! We are incredibly grateful for all their support and belief in the power of bringing communities together.


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