Wednesday 14 June 2017

Emmaus Leeds team scale Ben Nevis

Emmaus Leeds team at Ben Nevis

A team from Emmaus Leeds have scaled Ben Nevis, completing the final leg of a walking challenge in memory of their friend, colleague and companion Steven Wall.

Steven, who lived and worked as a companion at Emmaus Leeds, passed away in early 2016 after a two year battle with cancer. The Emmaus Leeds community were keen to carry out an act of solidarity in memory of Steven and to support two charities close to his heart.

The Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Yorkshire Three Peaks legs of Wall’s Walking Challenge were completed in 2016. The final stage of the challenge, Ben Nevis, was successfully scaled by companions, staff and friends of Emmaus Leeds on Sunday 11 June 2017.

“Ben Nevis is the best challenge I have faced. It was a hard walk in terrible conditions. Just getting to the summit was an achievement in itself with heavy fog, rain and wind. I feel very proud of myself and of everybody that accomplished this walk in Steven’s memory.”

Richard, companions at Emmaus Leeds

All money raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, St Gemma’s Hospice and a memorial plaque to celebrate the life of Steven. The concept of solidarity, helping others less fortunate than yourself, is a central ethos of Emmaus and a motivation for the companions completing Wall’s Walking Challenge.

“Our community and friends of Emmaus Leeds have pulled together to achieve a fitting tribute to Steven. A lot of effort has been put in by our companions, not just on the walks themselves but also in the training walks to prepare for the challenge. I would like to salute all the people involved in this fundraising effort and give thanks to all who have donated money to Wall’s Walking Challenge.”

Donald Forrester, Chief Executive Officer at Emmaus Leeds

Emmaus Leeds supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. The charity has its main base and shop at St Mary’s Street and a stall at Kirkgate Market where they sell donated furniture, clothes, books, bikes, household goods and upcycled products.

Supporters have already pledged more than £1,700 to the fundraiser but the community at Emmaus Leeds are aiming for more. To support the Emmaus Leeds fundraising challenge and make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/wallswalkingchallenge

To find out more about the work of Emmaus Leeds head to www.emmaus.org.uk/leeds. For more information, to donate an item or get involved as a volunteer call 0113 248 4288 or visit Emmaus Leeds at St Mary’s Street, Leeds, LS9 7DP.

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