Thursday 8 February 2018

Tom's Big Half run

Tom for website

Our staff member Tom will run the London ‘Big Half’ Marathon to thank Emmaus - he's asking for your help to sponsor him.

Tom has been inspired to run this year’s Big Half Marathon after Emmaus Village Carlton supported him through his drug addiction and gave him a home when he found himself living on the streets. Tom has since joined our staff as Recycle & Reuse Manager, and so is a familiar face to many of our customers.

On 4 March 2018, Tom is running the 13.1 mile race, which takes place in London, raising funds for Emmaus UK. To sponsor Tom and support the work of Emmaus, please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MK43TomBlight.  He's currently in training for the big day and is hopeful that he will reach his sponsorship target of £500:

It’s a charity really close to my heart: I found myself in a situation where I was living on the streets with nowhere to go, battling with drug addiction. Thankfully, I found out about Emmaus and became a companion. They gave me a home and supported me through my recovery for two years. They kept me on the right path.”

Emmaus is different to other homelessness charities as it provides a long-term solution by giving people a home for as long as they need, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to regain lost self-esteem.

Speaking about his experience with Emmaus, Tom said:

I got work experience at Emmaus and they helped me get qualifications. Most importantly though, they helped me to get my confidence back. Now I’m 100% clean and I realy enjoy my job in the staff team here at Emmaus Village Carlton.”

We’re all very proud of Tom’s fundraising efforts. When he found himself homeless, Emmaus was there to help get his life back on track. Now Tom is a valued member of our charity’s staff team; it means a lot to us all that he’s now giving back, spending his spare time raising funds to ensure we can continue to help people out of homelessness.

To sponsor Tom and support the work of Emmaus, please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MK43TomBlight