Monday 11 March 2019

Hikers wanted for Emmaus Leeds fundraiser

Andy and Darren

A team of formerly homeless people are appealing for you to join them for a hike up Mount Snowdon this summer in support of Emmaus Leeds.

Companions – formerly homeless people who live and work at Emmaus Leeds – will be joined by volunteers, staff and friends of the charity for this year’s walking challenge. The group are appealing for local fundraisers to join them on the Emmaus Homeless Hike up Mount Snowdon, planned for Sunday 7 July. 

“When I became homeless in 2014 I was offered a room at Emmaus Leeds and became a companion. I lived and worked in the community and was also involved in several fundraising activities, including walking up Snowdon in 2016. It was an amazing experience and now I get to do it again.

“This time I am a volunteer at Emmaus as I recently moved into my own flat and got a full-time job, but I still volunteer one day a week and I love it! I'm so proud to be able to act as a walk leader for this year’s challenge and inspire a group of new companions.”

Nick, a former beneficiary of Emmaus Leeds and one of the fundraisers taking part. 

The Emmaus Leeds community have completed several walking challenges in recent years for a variety of local causes. 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 various walking challenges over recent years our Emmaus Leeds community members were keen to set a new challenge. We’re appealing to our supporters and residents of Leeds to join us for the hike, learn more about our work and help to raise funds and awareness for Emmaus Leeds.”

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, a stall at Kirkgate Market and a charity shop in Halton.

To join the Emmaus Homeless Hike up Mount Snowdon and reserve your place visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emmaus-homeless-hike-tickets-57618095274

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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