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Preston homelessness charity to hold a sponsored walk

Posted on - 9th July, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Proud Preston
A mile-marker on the Guild Wheel, somewhere between Fulwood and Broughton Pic: Blog Preston
A mile-marker on the Guild Wheel, somewhere between Fulwood and Broughton Pic: Blog Preston

A Preston homelessness charity is holding a sponsored walk around the 21-mile Guild Wheel later this month in support of homeless people.

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Emmaus Preston recognises that people who are homeless walk in excess of 10 miles each day on average, looking for food, a safe place to sleep or to escape abuse.

Money raised from the walk on Sunday 17 July 17 will help provide a home, welfare support and the opportunity to rebuild lost confidence and self-esteem through the focus of work each day at Emmaus’ three new and secondhand stores.

Makenziee Wells, a supporter of Emmaus Preston, has organised the walk and will be leading it for the third year running.

Read more: Preston woman to walk Guild Wheel for homelessness charity Emmaus

Walking the Guild Wheel at Preston Pic: Tony Worrall Photography
Walking the Guild Wheel at Preston Pic: Tony Worrall Photography

According to Lancashire County Council, Preston reported the highest number of people seeking accommodation from homelessness out of its 12 local authorities for the year 2020/21.

Director Stephen Buchanan said: “At Emmaus Preston we work to address physical and mental health issues, as well as the reasons people have become homeless or at risk of homelessness in the first place.

“We help people access the right healthcare, which can include support from onsite counselling facilities.”

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He continued: “We hope this walk will raise awareness of what life is like for someone who is homeless, while raising money to help provide a safe and caring place for people who are homeless or at risk.

“At Emmaus Preston people can find a home for as long as is needed until they feel ready to move on, with our support every step of the way.”

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