Homeless hostel team completes sponsored walk to raise bike funds

A homeless hostel team in Liverpool has completed a sponsored walk to raise money to purchase bikes for its residents.

Staff from Alt Bank House hostel and Cornerways Medical Centre joined the centre’s residents on the ‘Hike for a Bike’ trek, which took them on a five-mile journey to Croxteth Hall and back.

Organised by the Cornerways Medical Centre in Huyton, the event raised just under £1,500 to go towards bikes and safety equipment for the homeless hostel.

Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT), which runs the hostel, was keen to obtain bicycles so Alt Bank House residents can travel to and from placements and gain valuable work experience.

Nicola Williams, supported housing manager at LHT, says: “One of the main barriers that our residents face when they’re ready to get back into work is the ever-rising cost of public transport.

“As well as the obvious health and wellbeing benefits to riding a bike, these bicycles will give residents the best possible chance of finding work and getting their lives back on track. The bikes will be worth every penny when you consider the positive impact they can have, and the residents enjoyed the day enormously.

“We exceeded our financial target thanks to a substantial donation from Cornerways Medical Centre which we are really grateful for, but any further donations would still be welcomed.”

To make a donation to the ‘Hike for a Bike’ campaign contact Louise at Alt Bank House on 0151 530 2848 or email louise.melton@lht.co.uk.

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