Former cocaine addict from Leeds helps charity who turned life around to raise money in Three Peaks bid

A former addict who was saved from the streets of Leeds by a charity who helped to turn his life around has supported them in their efforts to raise more than £3,000 during a Three Peaks bid.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 4:45 pm

Josh Ellis 25, was addicted to both spice and cocaine for nearly two years on the streets.

However, he is now clean from drugs after being saved by Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds, a charity based in the city fronted by Hayden Lee.

Josh has even started to work as a landscaper thanks to help from the charity, who helped him find somewhere to live.

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The charity set out on a Three Peaks attempt last weekend in order to raise much needed funds - with a fundraiser launched on GoFundMe.
The charity set out on a Three Peaks attempt last weekend in order to raise much needed funds - with a fundraiser launched on GoFundMe.

Vulnerable Citizen Support C.I.C aims to help the most destitute people in society.

They provide food parcels to struggling individuals and families and assist in finding accommodation for anybody who needs it.

Their slogan is "Homeless Not Helpless".

The group found Josh on the streets of Leeds - outside a Greggs store in a sleeping bag on Kirkstall Road.

The charity set out on a Three Peaks attempt last weekend in order to raise much needed funds - with a fundraiser launched on GoFundMe.

The charity set out on a Three Peaks attempt last weekend in order to raise much needed funds - with a fundraiser launched on GoFundMe.

The National Three Peaks Challenge is an event in which participants attempt to climb the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.

Josh was part of a group of six who ascended all three peaks successfully.

Leader Hayden Lee said he "smashed it" and was very proud of Josh.

The charity set out on a Three Peaks attempt last weekend in order to raise much needed funds - with a fundraiser launched on GoFundMe.

Speaking to the YEP, Hayden said: "It took us just over 13 hours with stops and starts due to people never doing it before.

"It went really well but it was gruelling.

"The peaks were very challenging for some but for some of us we knew what was to come."

The charity has now raised more than £3,200 since the event.