A Leeds charity supporting former homeless people is scaling the heights by completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
Nine companions, all formerly homeless people who live and work at the Emmaus Leeds charity, and two members of staff have united to take part in the 12-hour walking challenge.
The team are raising funds to carry out essential refurbishment work to the Emmaus Leeds community building – home to 26 formerly homeless people. Andy Maidment, a companion at Emmaus Leeds who is currently training to take part in the challenge, said: “I have decided to organise this walk to promote our community because so many people do not know what Emmaus is here for.
“This is going to be a challenge of a lifetime for me; I have always thought about it but not had the incentive to do it until now.”
Joanne Stafford, deputy community leader at Emmaus Leeds, is also taking part in the challenge. “I’m really looking forward to the personal challenge of completing the walk as it will be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it will be such a fantastic achievement for all of us taking part and a great boost for community moral that such an event is taking place,” she said.
Emmaus Leeds supports people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it.
The charity has its main base at St Mary’s Street and runs two shops at Kirkgate Market where they sell donated furniture, clothes, books, bikes, household goods and upcycled products. To sponsor the challenge, send a text donation by texting EMML33 £5 to 70070.