Steven Wall, who lived and worked as a companion at Emmaus Leeds, sadly passed away on 12th January 2016 after a long battle with cancer. The Emmaus Leeds community were keen to carry out an act of solidarity in memory of Steven and to support two charities close to Steven’s heart.
The community set a challenge to scale the three tallest peaks of the United Kingdom together with the three highest peaks in Yorkshire. Steven received support from Macmillan Cancer Support and St Gemma’s Hospice so it was decided that these two causes would benefit from the walks.
Companions, staff and friends of Emmaus Leeds carried out the walks over a 12 month period. The Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Yorkshire Three Peaks legs of Wall’s Walking Challenge were completed in 2016. The final stage of the challenge, Ben Nevis, was successfully scaled on Sunday 11 June 2017.
In the run up to the walks and in between each leg, the Emmaus Leeds community received sponsorship from individuals, organisations and people who wanted to contribute.
Wall’s Walking Challenge was completed by a group of companions, staff and friends of Emmaus Leeds. Many more people contributed to the challenge by sponsoring the walk and donating money.
St Gemma’s Hospice
Macmillan Cancer Support
A fundraising campaign was set up on JustGiving.
Customers of Emmaus Leeds could also donate in store.
Emmaus Leeds companions, staff and friends embarked on a series of training walks.
Snowdon walk was completed on 29 May 2016.
Scafell Pike was completed on 28 August 2016.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks was completed on 25 September 2016.
Ben Nevis was completed on 11 June 2017.
£2,500 raised from the challenge was presented to Macmillan Cancer Support and St Gemma’s Hospice on 7 September 2017
The Emmaus Leeds community have completed Wall’s Walking Challenge but a new challenge may be set in future. The health, wellbeing and individual benefits of those who completed the challenge will live long.
Wall’s Walking Challenge successfully raised £2,500 that was donated to Macmillan Cancer Support and St Gemma’s Hospice. The walking challenge also gave a focus for Emmaus Leeds community members to improve their physical activity and wellbeing. It improved team relationships, gave a sense of achievement to the people who completed each walk and most importantly, was a fitting tribute to Steven.
Wall’s Walking Challenge has improved partnerships with local people and organisations externally. The challenge also gained lots of media exposure in newspapers, online and on local TV.