An employee at a West-Yorkshire based homelessness charity plans to mark his exit from the charity with an arduous 16-mile run on 28th December 2017.
Tom Donegan, who started as a volunteer at Simon on the Streets in June 2015, has held the position of administration, communications and volunteer co-ordinator at the charity since January 2017. Tom will conduct the run from Leeds to Huddersfield to raise funds for an outreach support worker in Huddersfield.
Before moving to Australia in the new-year, Tom hopes to raise more than £500 to help Simon on the Streets extend its reach across West Yorkshire, by employing an additional full-time outreach support worker.
Simon on the Streets is a registered charity operating in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield. Founded in 1999, the organisation relies solely on sponsorship, fundraising and donations in order to provide practical and emotional support to the homeless community.
Simon on the Streets offers street-support to individuals who have complex needs and cannot access mainstream services, due to behavioural issues or mental illness.
Having worked at the organisation for the last year, Tom has supported several campaigns raising funds to improve the lives of rough sleepers in Yorkshire, including numerous sleep-outs and organising this year’s Christmas draw.
Commenting on the fundraiser, Tom said: “I am so passionate about my work and helping rough sleepers improve their lives, I wanted to do one final thing to raise money for the charity before I go traveling. I have really enjoyed my time with Simon on the Streets, a truly worthwhile cause with a team that works endlessly to make a positive difference.
“If I raise more than my goal of £500, I’ll even run in a turkey outfit!”
Donate to Tom’s fundraiser by following the Just Giving link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tomdonegan