Steve to walk for diabetes charity
A formerly homeless man supported by our Hinckley-based charity Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland is stepping up his training for a gruelling fundraising challenge.
This year, Steve Grinstead (61) has set himself the goal of completing three sponsored 50km walks for the national charity Diabetes UK. Steve, who suffers from diabetes himself, wants to raise funds as well as raise awareness of the condition, which is the second biggest cause of death in the UK.
The first of his walks will take place on Saturday 26 May, when he’ll complete part two of the London to Brighton Challenge – an exhausting endurance walk from capital to coast.
Having experienced homelessness in the past, Steve is now supported by our charity; we provide a home and meaningful work for as long as he needs it. He is a familiar face behind the till of the Emmaus La Boutique charity shop on Castle Street.
I may not be as young as I used to be, having recently celebrated my 61st birthday, but I am determined to do this. Living in the Emmaus community has made me really appreciate the importance of ‘paying it forward’ – the idea that if people have been kind to you, it’s good to try and help others, especially the sick or vulnerable. Diabetes is something that affects a lot of people, so I decided to try and do my bit to help. I’ve been training lots, with long walks after work and at weekends. Please sponsor me if you can – it’s all for a very worthy cause and helps to keep me focused and motivated.”
Steve lives and works with 16 other formerly homeless people being supported by Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland; our homelessness charity runs shops in Hinckley and Melton Mowbray, selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods and vintage wares.
Steve’s second and third sponsored 50km walks will take place later in summer, across the Wye Valley hills and along the London Thames Path.
Steve is training really hard for this challenge, on top of his full-time work commitments. He has overcome adversity, achieved personal goals and gained great support from the local community. He’s a real inspiration and we’re extremely proud to have him as part of the team.”
Mir Juma, Chief Executive at Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland