A group of Leeds youngsters have clocked up the miles throughout June and raised more than £1,200 in support of Emmaus Leeds.

Six young people, aged between six and fourteen, signed up to the Emmaus Big Marathon Month virtual fundraiser at the start of June. Their challenge was to walk, run or cycle the distance of a marathon throughout the month whilst raising funds for Emmaus Leeds.

Twins Charlotte and Aimee, aged 9 and from Crossgates, took part in the challenge with their older brother and sisters. Charlotte and Aimee said: “We liked doing lots of walking and did two marathons in the end. The best thing was that we got to raise money for Emmaus to help the people there. Thank you everyone who donated money for it.”

Emmaus Leeds supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and work in its social enterprise. The charity has its main community building and social enterprise on St Mary’s Street and a stall at Kirkgate Market.

Jacob, aged six and from Wortley, took part in the fundraiser after being inspired by his dad. Jacob said: “I wanted to do the marathon because it’s daddy’s work and I love my daddy. Emmaus helps lots of people and I am a kind boy.”

Much-needed support

Donald Forrester, Chief Executive of Emmaus Leeds, said: “We are extremely grateful to our Big Marathon Month participants and all those who donated to sponsor them. With the lockdown restrictions and reduced income, it has been a challenging few months for our charity. The much-needed funds raised by these young supporters will directly help formerly homeless people who are members of our community.”

Learn more about Emmaus Leeds today. For more information, to make a donation or get involved please call 0113 248 4288 or visit Emmaus Leeds at St Mary’s Street, Leeds, LS9 7DP.