Walk in memory of Leeds pal

Emmaus Leeds walkers half way up Ben Nevis.
Emmaus Leeds walkers half way up Ben Nevis.
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A team of formerly homeless people have completed an ambitious fundraising challenge in memory of their friend.

The group from Emmaus Leeds finished the final leg of the walking challenge, which saw them scale Ben Nevis, in memory of Steven Wall who was also their colleague and companion.

Steven, who lived and worked as a companion at homelessness charity Emmaus Leeds, died in early 2016 after a two year battle with cancer.

Members of the Emmaus Leeds community were keen to carry out an act of solidarity in memory of Steven and to support charities close to his heart.

The Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Yorkshire Three Peaks legs of Wall’s Walking Challenge were completed in 2016.

The final stage of the challenge, Ben Nevis, has now been successfully completed by companions, staff and friends of Emmaus Leeds.

Richard Bastow, one of the companions at Emmaus Leeds who completed the Ben Nevis walk, said: “Ben Nevis is the best challenge I have faced. It was a hard walk in terrible conditions. Just getting to the summit was an achievement in itself with heavy fog, rain and wind. I feel very proud of myself and of everybody that accomplished this walk in Steven’s memory.”

All money raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, St Gemma’s Hospice and a memorial plaque to celebrate the life of Steven.

Emmaus Leeds supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it.

Supporters have already pledged more than £1,700 to the fundraiser. To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/wallswalkingchallenge.