Public urged to experience ‘walking in shoes of a homeless person’ for Sheffield charity

Supporters of the Cathedral Archer Project sponsored walk.
Supporters of the Cathedral Archer Project sponsored walk.
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Big-hearted Sheffield residents are being urged to ‘walk five miles in the shoes of a homeless person’ in aid of a charity that helps people living on the streets.

Members of the public are invited to take part in the ‘Walk In My Shoes’ five mile sponsored walk in aid of the city-based Cathedral Archer Project.

Event organisers said they chose to do a sponsored walk in a bid to replicate some of the physical strain homeless people endure walking from place to place.

Tim Renshaw, chief executive of the Cathedral Archer Project, said: “The people we support tell us they spend a lot of their days walking, whether around the town centre or to appointments.

“We often come across tired people and even more tired feet.

“Walk in my Shoes will raise valuable funds so that we can keep providing a space for people to rest and take steps towards a new life.”

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield, a long-time supporter of the charity, has already pledged to pull on his walking boots to take part in the event.

He is now urging others to spare a couple of hours and join him.

He said: “I’m delighted to be walking with my team of staff to raise money for the incredible Cathedral Archer Project.

“I’ve done a lot of work with the project over the years and I know that every penny raised will go towards invaluable work supporting people and helping them out of homelessness.

“Those who are homeless tell of the long time they spend walking every day.

“So it is a great idea for the Cathedral Archer Project to reflect this in an initiative that aims to capture public attention and raise lots of money to help the Project team continue transforming lives.”

The walk will start in Endcliffe Park on Saturday, October 15, at 11am.

The group will go on a circular five mile route up through the scenic Porter Valley before finishing back at the park.

Those who take part will also receive a finishers’ pack and refreshments will be supplied on the day.

Tickets are £5 each to take part and anyone interested can register for the event through the Party For The People website at

https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org.uk/events/2032-walk-in-my-shoes

The Cathedral Archer Project aims to help homeless people achieve a better life through one-to-one support, volunteering opportunities and organised activities aimed at improving skills.

In addition, the charity also provides crisis support such as access to a nurse and dentist, showers, laundry and hot meals.