A supporter of homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley, has set a New Year goal of running the London Marathon in 2019 to raise funds for Emmaus.
Jennifer Gregory, aged 35 and from Mossley, is one of five fundraisers who will take part in the 2019 London Marathon in support of Emmaus UK. Jennifer, a member of the Greenfield Greyhounds Running Club, applied to take part for Emmaus because of her own experience of the charity.
Jennifer said: “As a person who lives in Mossley and is quite active in the community, I see how much good is done by Emmaus. The companions at Emmaus make it such a warm and welcoming environment, they also can be seen at events in our wider area and are actively involved in community projects.
“I spend a lot of time in Emmaus with my family and it’s a great place to go with young children that is affordable and fun! It’s a pleasure to try and help Emmaus to continue to help people in need. I want to try and raise as much as possible. If I can help to make sure someone is able to access a home and a purpose, and also welcome them into this community, then it’s going to be worth all the hard hours training.”
Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people (known as companions of Emmaus) by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity is one of 29 Emmaus communities across the UK, supporting more than 800 people who have experienced homelessness.
Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “We are extremely appreciative of all our supporters, but Jennifer is definitely going the extra mile (or 26) to raise awareness and funds for Emmaus.
“It’s great to hear that Jennifer was inspired by her visits to Emmaus Mossley and the contributions made by our companions. We all wish her the best of luck for her training over the coming months and the London Marathon next April.”
If you would like to learn more about Jennifer’s fundraiser and donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jennifer-gregory6
To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to www.emmaus.org.uk/mossley.
If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.