Wednesday 11 April 2018

London Marathon 2018 – Emmaus team all set to take part

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Five runners will be supporting national homelessness charity Emmaus UK at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon on 22 April, with a target to raise £7,500 between them.

Funds raised will help Emmaus communities increase accommodation, training, mental health and well-being support for companions (former homeless people).

First Port Property Services, who have chosen Emmaus UK as their Charity of the Year, have two members of staff set to run the 26.2 miles. Experienced runner, Chris Owens has been training hard, participating in a recent 15k mud run, a 10 mile road race and a half marathon, while colleague Terry Elford was inspired to take part after visiting a local Emmaus community in Hampshire.

Chris and Terry will be joined by first time marathon runners Jemma Pursell and Guy Bennett who met at their local running club in Norfolk. Jemma is also a support worker at Emmaus.

Jemma said:

I want to give back to the community that has given me so much, a place to live and a job I love doing - supporting companions to rebuild their lives.'

Guy added:

I chose Emmaus after seeing the help and guidance that the support workers provide to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. I have suffered from mental health issues, and I recognise that homelessness is something that can happen to anyone, especially when ill.'

Seasoned marathon runner and Emmaus supporter Angus Thomson will be running his third race. An account director for a leading hygiene and cleaning company, he is committed to making a difference to those who face homelessness.

Dan Booth, Individual Giving Manager at Emmaus UK commented:

I'd like to thank all our runners for their commitment, including the many hours of training, while also collecting donations from their friends and family. Their support will make a real difference to the companions we work with across the UK. We’re looking forward to cheering them on throughout the race and wish them all the best of luck.'

To donate to the Emmaus team of runners visit their individual Virgin Money Giving pages here