TWO youth workers have set themselves the target of running 14 miles in the Lake District to raise cash for a housing charity.

Martin Booth, aged 33, and Nick Howarth, aged 36, are both competing in the annual Coniston road race on March 29.

The Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme (BYPHS) pair have been inspired by the recent charitable efforts of their boss Maura Jackson.

She opted to live in one of the flats the charity gives to homeless people for five days, on a strict budget of £40, to experience what her tenants go through each day.

Mr Booth, of Captains Clough, Smithills, said: “With summer just around the corner, we’re trying to raise as much money as possible to organise some kind of outing for the young people we work with. This race in Coniston is the first thing coming up we could compete in.

“We work with 16 to 25-year olds, who have ended up homeless through a multitude of circumstances.

“They might have had run-ins with the police, or run away from home.”

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