7th Jul, 2022

London Marathon runner hopeful of raising as much cash as possible for homeless charity

A LONDON MARATHON runner has been inspired to raise as much money as he can for Emmaus UK following a recent visit to a Coventry branch to meet some of the formerly homeless people who are being supported by the homeless charity.

Kenilworth resident Alec Brown will be running his fifth sponsored race for the national charity when he takes to the streets of the capital for this year’s London Marathon in April.

Alec’s visit to the shop in Red Lane was a chance for him to find out more about his local Emmaus community and with £800 raised to date, the 45-year-old is already half-way past his £1,500.

“I first heard about Emmaus when my employer, Firstport UK, chose them as their charity of the year,” said Alec.

“When I found out about what Emmaus does, I really felt as if this was something I wanted to support personally too, especially as they work in my local area.

“I started getting into running two years ago, and so sponsored runs seemed to be a great way to raise funds for them. The London Marathon will be my biggest challenge yet.

“This fantastic charity is different to others – instead of just one night’s reprieve from being homeless, it offers people a long term solution and support to rebuild their lives. Emmaus is different because it provides a home and work for as long as someone needs it.”

As part of his visit Alec had a tour around the shop, which sells second-hand furniture and household goods, and chatted with some of the formerly homeless people who work there.

Alex continued: “When I spoke to those who have experienced homelessness and come out the other side, it was very humbling. They talked to me about being homeless and how Emmaus has helped them.

“What stuck out the most was that often losing their self-esteem was the most damaging part of their experience.

“Being on your own, with no support around you can be soul destroying, leaving you feeling worthless. I’m now even more inspired to carry on my training and finish this marathon.”

Ian Mutch, enterprise manager for Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire added: “It is always great when someone from our local community really understands what we’re all about and is inspired to help Emmaus continue to support vulnerable people. We’re hoping his efforts might inspire other local people to do the same.”

Alec Brown will be running the London Marathon on April 23. To sponsor him and support the work of Emmaus UK visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/alecbrown1

To find out more about Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire visit www.emmaus.org.uk/coventry_warwickshire or call 024 7666 1466.

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