Fundrais­ing fam­ily in trek for home­less

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

AFAMILY of fundrais­ers are tak­ing on a chal­lenge in aid of a home­less char­ity.

Nick Reed, 42, from Mac­cles­field, is a vol­un­teer with the char­ity Sup­port­ing Peo­ple In Need (SPIN), which runs street kitchens on Churchill Way in Mac­cles­field and in Manch­ester city cen­tre.

He and son De­clan, 19, will be joined by a group of friends to take on the Three Peaks chal­lenge to raise money for SPIN.

Nick, who has com­pleted the chal­lenge be­fore – to climb the high­est moun­tains in Eng­land, Scot­land and Wales in 38 hours – says the real chal­lenge will be to en­sure ev­ery­one com­pletes it to­gether, with some novice walk­ers in the group.

He said: “Last time it was just the two of us, but this time there are about 16 and not ev­ery­one is par­tic­u­larly fit, so we’ve been do­ing some train­ing for it.

“It’s go­ing to be pretty rough too be­cause there will be snow at the top of Ben Ne­vis, mak­ing it much more dif­fi­cult. It will be a real team ef­fort.”

Nick, who lives at the Clock­tower in Mac­cles­field, said he was en­cour­aged to get in­volved with the char­ity af­ter wit­ness­ing the rise in home­less­ness in Manch­ester be­fore Christ­mas.

Now he is vice chair­man of SPIN and his part­ner, Jane Ash­ton, is the trea­surer.

He said: “It all started when they set up a home­less camp in Manch­ester in De­cem­ber, I just wanted to do some­thing to help so started go­ing down there with sand­wiches, clothes and things, but then I got in­volved with SPIN and it’s all gone from there.

“We are all in­volved. Jane is the trea­surer, my sons are mem­bers and Jane’s daugh­ters bake cakes to take down for the home­less.

“We don’t get any fi­nan­cial sup­port, it’s all through do­na­tions. This is why we do the fundrais­ing.”

The char­ity has been sup­port­ing home­less peo­ple in Mac­cles­field for the past six weeks, run­ning a street kitchen on Churchill Way on Wed­nes­days.

The other char­i­ties sup­ported by the fundraiser are Street­wise, which also sup­ports the home­less, and drug re­cov­ery char­ity Reach Out And Re­cover.

To make a do­na­tion go to www.go­fundme. com/4ghfq-3-peaks-chal­lenge.

Nick Reed with some of the friends who are tak­ing on the Three Peaks chal­lenge for home­less char­ity SPIN in Mac­cles­field

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