Matt and Alex are counting their bruises this week after taking part in the Wolf Run, a 10km ‘wild running’ race through the Warwickshire countryside.
Along with Salma and Karyn, from Leicester homeless charity One Roof, they climbed over, crawled under and swam through a variety of daunting obstacles alongside almost 10,000 other runners. Together the team crossed the finish line tired, covered in mud but smiling and proud to have finished the course.
The aim was to raise as much money as possible for One Roof, and thanks to generous donations from friends, family and colleagues the fundraising total for the team currently stands at an impressive £2,000.
Matt has been volunteering for One Roof since December 2016, helping out at the winter night shelter. The charity runs a number of projects but the aim of the night shelter is to provide beds, an evening meal and breakfast to 10 guests who otherwise would have been sleeping rough throughout the winter months.
Matt said: “I typically did the evening shifts, serving food, making beds and generally helping the guests feel at home – chatting, playing chess or cards with them and so on. There’s a great emphasis on social interaction, equality and dignity – it’s really important that the guests and volunteers all feel like equals to each other.
“It’s been an incredibly heartwarming experience to see how much difference One Roof makes to individual lives – guests and volunteers alike – and that they do this with so few resources. I’ve also met some amazing people in the two winters I’ve been volunteering, and while I hope that one day the night shelter won’t be necessary, it’s something I intend to be involved with as long as it is.”