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Havering Volunteer centre run to celebrate International Women’s Day

PUBLISHED: 13:02 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:02 22 February 2018

Pictured from left to right are: Daniel Hadi, Rebecca Mazrreku, Shelley Hart, Lucy O’Conner and Rachel Deegan with rosettes that will be presented to the first 100 runners across the line at the volunteers centre women’s day race. Photo: Shelley Hart.

Pictured from left to right are: Daniel Hadi, Rebecca Mazrreku, Shelley Hart, Lucy O’Conner and Rachel Deegan with rosettes that will be presented to the first 100 runners across the line at the volunteers centre women’s day race. Photo: Shelley Hart.

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Havering Volunteer Centre has organised a 3k and 5k run, walk or jog event to celebrate International Women’s Day and 100 years of women’s suffrage.

People will be able to take part in the run around Upminster Park on Saturday, March 10, and can then go and listen to a number of speeches including one from the great-granddaughter of an influential Suffragette born in Upminster.

The run will cost £5 to enter, and all funds raised will be split between the mayor’s three charities - First Step, Dementia UK and Havering Volunteer Centre.

Following the run, people will have the chance to listen to a number of talks at St Laurence Church, Corbets Tey Road, Upminster.

There will be a speech by former borough councillor Pam Light, whose great grandmother was a suffragette, author Kimberley Chambers and Upminster MP Julia Lopez.

Speeches will also include tributes to Upminster suffragette Henria Williams - who chaired a rally in her own home in 1908.

Henria chaired the rally that was attended by famous faces from the movement including Violet Tillard, the organising secretary for the Women’s Freedom League who was the evening’s main speaker.

She was one of hundreds of protestors who demonstrated on Black Friday in 1910 after Prime Minister Asquith indicated there would be no more time for the reading of a bill that would have granted one million British women the right to vote.

A speech will also be given by the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Linda Van den Hende, and Gary Hutton - who is the founder of charity, Product of a Postcode.

Gary will be speaking about how the charity helps underprivileged children achieve their dreams through education.

Runners will set off at 12.30pm, and the first 100 runners (walkers or joggers) back across the line will receive a rosette and certificate.

Shelley Hart, CEO of the volunteer centre told the Recorder: “I’m really excited, I think it is really important to celebrate International Women’s Day, and we will have some fantastic speeches from some really inspirational people.”

To register for the race contact volunteering@haveringvc.org.uk or 01708 922214.

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