From sleeping on the streets to conquering Mount Snowdon

Clients and staff at the top of Mount Snowdon

27 June 2017

Two inspirational women with lived experience of homelessness have successfully led a team of 15 clients and staff to climb Mount Snowdon in aid of St Mungo’s, raising £38,000 for the charity’s work.

Mandy and Claire have both overcome homelessness and planned every aspect of the challenge.

Claire and Mandy said: “We had no support system before St Mungo’s, now we have support and security. We want to give something back to St Mungo’s who saved our lives.

“We want to give others the same chance by raising funds and awareness. We’re dedicating our walk to those who’ve sadly died while sleeping rough. We know that could easily have been us. The challenge represents how we conquered homelessness and how much belief we have in ourselves.”

The pair have also set up a walking group as part of St Mungo’s Recovery College to help train for the climb and involve others.

St Mungo’s is one of the UK’s leading homelessness charities and each night provides housing and support to 2,600 people across London and the South and helps thousands of others with advice, health, skills and work services.

Homelessness damages the lives of some of the most vulnerable women and men in our society. St Mungo’s vision is that everyone has a place to call home and can fulfil their hopes and ambitions.

Howard Sinclair, St Mungo’s Chief Executive, said: “We are extremely grateful to Mandy and Claire who share our vision to end homelessness and rebuild lives. Our work would not be what it is without the people who give their time, enthusiasm and energy so freely.

“I hope others in turn will give their support to this group who are stretching themselves so far simply to help people away from the streets and towards independent and better lives.”

You can donate to the Snowdon Challenge online at https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/mungos/conquer

Press Contact: Charlotte Cohen, Press and PR Officer, on 020 3856 6126 or charlotte.cohen@mungos.org