Oscar (46), who lives at and is supported by our homelessness charity Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland, is stepping up his training for a special fundraising challenge.

This June bank holiday weekend, Oscar has set himself the goal of cycling 30 miles to raise funds for Hinckley Helpers.

Hinckley Helpers is a not-for profit organisation run by volunteers. They provide assistance to local people in need, including those referred to them who are rough sleeping, victims of domestic violence and new mothers needing support. The volunteers help in any way they can, and signpost people to other services for additional support.

On Friday 3 June, Oscar’s sponsored ride will see him complete the 30-mile round trip from Hinckley to Coventry.

Oscar is currently living in our accommodation in Hinckley, having found himself at risk of homelessness following a battle with alcohol and drug addiction. With our charity’s support, he is now turning his life around and wishes to do something positive to benefit people living in Hinckley.

Speaking about the plans, he said: “Living at Emmaus has made me really appreciate the importance of ‘paying it forward’ – the idea that if people have been kind to you, it’s good to try and help others. I decided to raise money for Hinckley Helpers because I want to help a grassroots organisation: one that is doing good things right here in the local community.

“I love cycling, so a sponsored cycle ride was an obvious choice for me. My training is hard work but it’s going well. I’m determined to do this, so please sponsor me if you can: it’s all for a very worthy cause.”

Emma Kerr from Hinckley Helpers said: “Our organisation is all about people in the local community helping each other, so Oscar’s offer to raise money for us is a really kind and caring thing to do. We’re very honoured he’s chosen Hinckley Helpers to support.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Oscar can make a donation at the till of our Emmaus Emporium charity shop on Stockwell Head in Hinckley, or donate online at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/oscar-shallow-1