Rebecca Catford: March 2018
Martin Ramsden has literally gone the extra mile to address the problem of homelessness. Next month Martin will be running the 26.2 miles of the London Marathon to raise money for the homelessness charity Shelter. However, last Friday, Martin ran a marathon plus an extra mile on the treadmill at Middlesbrough's Lifestyle Fitness Gym.
Martin said, 'I had the idea for the extra mile challenge because simply raising money by running the marathon, though important, didn't seem like enough. It is my conviction that homelessness should be a thing of the past and that it should not be such a huge problem in a rich country like ours. There are 124,000 homeless children in the UK and levels of rough sleeping have doubled since 2010. Surely this cannot be acceptable for our society. Changing this situation for good will require us to be prepared to go the extra mile. Homeless people are amongst the most voiceless people in our society and without a residence they are unable to register to vote. If their plight is to be taken seriously then it is up to the rest of us to make sure that tackling homelessness is on the political agenda. I have written to 8 MPs including the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to urge them to join me in going the extra mile to tackle homelessness.'
Martin did his mammoth challenge in a time of 5 hours exactly. His preparations for the London Marathon continue. If you would like to sponsor him then you can do so by visiting his online fundraising page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MartinRamsdenShelter
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