Friday 15 September 2017

Michael and Ian walk 80 miles to raise money for Colchester Hospital

Ian and Michael

Michael Hawkins-Far and Ian Simpson, companions (formerly homeless people) living at the Emmaus Colchester community, are embarking on an 80-mile sponsored walk, organised by Emmaus volunteer, David Hewitt. 

Michael and Ian are joining David and three other retired Coggeshall Scout leaders who are hoping to complete the Essex Way trail over three days, starting in Epping on Thursday 21 September and finishing up at the port of Harwich on Sunday 24 September.  

We’re really excited that Michael and Ian are joining us on the walk, we’re so grateful for the support. I’m looking forward to getting to know them better over the three days.

David Hewitt

The group are raising money for Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoC) who are hoping to raise £1M by February 2018. The money will allow the charity to build a holistic, purpose-built centre to house chemotherapy, haematology and complementary treatments above the new radiotherapy centre at Colchester General Hospital.

Solidarity is at the heart of everything we do at Emmaus. We try to encourage our companions to think bigger and get involved with causes that they feel passionate about, as there is nothing more rewarding than the act of giving. We are very supportive of Ian’s and Michael’s efforts to give back to our wonderful local community and they could not have chosen a better cause to raise funds and awareness for.

Gintare Petrauskaite, Community Manager at Emmaus Colchester 

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