Tuesday 27 March 2018

Solidarity walk for St Gemma’s Hospice

Emmaus Leeds fundraisers

A team from Emmaus Leeds are gearing up for a 29-mile West Yorkshire walking challenge to raise funds for St Gemma’s Hospice.

Companions – formerly homeless people who live and work at Emmaus Leeds – will be joined by volunteers, staff and friends of the charity for a 29 mile walk along the Leeds Liverpool Canal between Leeds and Skipton. The fundraising walk in support of St Gemma’s Hospice will take place on Sunday 1 July and the group is now appealing for donations.

“Having had heart surgery in February this year after suffering a heart attack I seized the opportunity to organise a walk from Leeds to Skipton to get myself fit again.

“We chose to raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice because it is a charity close to all of our hearts. Several of my fellow companions, volunteers, staff and trustees of Emmaus Leeds will be completing the 29 mile walk. We are looking forward to the event and hope we get some local support.”

Dave, companion at Emmaus Leeds and organiser of the walk 

St Gemma’s Hospice is a Leeds-based charity providing expert care and support for local people with life-limiting illnesses. The care offered is always provided free-of-charge and is open to patients of all beliefs, religions and cultures.

The Emmaus Leeds community completed Wall’s Walking Challenge last year, in memory of Steven Wall, an Emmaus Leeds companion who passed away in 2016 after receiving support from St Gemma’s Hospice. The concept of solidarity, helping others less fortunate than yourself, is a central ethos of Emmaus and a motivation for the companions completing this year’s challenge.

“After successfully completing last year’s fundraising walk our Emmaus Leeds community members were keen to set a new challenge in solidarity of those supported by St Gemma’s Hospice. We’re appealing to our supporters and residents of Leeds to get behind this fundraising effort to help motivate those taking part in the walk.”

Donald Forrester, Chief Executive of 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 community building and social enterprise on St Mary’s Street, and also runs a stall at Kirkgate Market.

To support the Emmaus Leeds fundraising challenge and make a donation visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emmaus-leeds

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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