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Uphill challenge gives charity a fundraising boost

A Preston-based charity that supports vulnerable young adults and children has received a huge boost thanks to the Napthens Foundation.

The Foxton Centre this week received more than £3,000 to help it continue invaluable work with local homeless people and those dealing with addiction and mental health problems.

The money was raised by a team of dedicated Napthens colleagues, who scaled the heights of three Yorkshire hills in the Three Peaks Challenge.

Jeff Marsh, CEO of the Foxton Centre, said: “As a small charity we rely on fundraising donations to enable us to support those in need amongst our community.

“We are very grateful to the team from Napthens for the significant amount of money raised by doing this challenge, as we know a few suffered from tired legs and blisters.

“The money raised by Napthens will support vulnerable young people and help keep the homeless them off the streets, particularly in the colder weather with initiatives such as day centre and our emergency accommodation project which house 14 rough sleepers.

“Our Homeless Day Centre, which is essential to protecting the most vulnerable in our society opens five days a week providing food, clothing, access to showers, access to drug treatment and health services.

“Having support like this is vital if we are to continue providing our services; it will make such a difference to many vulnerable people.”

The Foxton Centre has been supporting the community since 1969, offering support to rough sleepers, street sex workers, young people dealing with difficult situations, those in poverty, those dealing with addiction, and those suffering with mental health problems.

The challenge the team from Napthens faced comprised of summitting Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, totalling 24.5 miles of walking and 5,200ft of climbing.

Sarah Barnes, partner and head of residential conveyancing at Napthens Group, said: “As a firm, we care deeply about the communities in which our offices sit, and through the Napthens Foundation everyone within the company can do something that makes a difference to those less fortunate.

“Working in Preston it is hard not to notice the ever-growing problem of homelessness, which is why we chose the Foxton Centre as the beneficiaries of this fundraising challenge.

“In supporting the Foxton Centre, we are helping those in need and strengthening the bonds within Napthens, by working together to help make the world a better place.

“While there were a few blisters and tired limbs at the end of the walk, it doesn’t compare to what some people have to deal with every day. We know the money raised is going to a truly worthy cause.”

The Three Peaks challenge is part of an ongoing program of fundraising organised and supported by the Napthens Foundation.


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