Councillors and mayor of Lewisham to run London Marathon for Deptford’s 999 Club

A town hall team of 10 officers and councillors, including a mayor, will run the London marathon for a homeless shelter.

Lewisham mayor Damien Egan and his co-runners hope to raise thousands for Deptford’s 999 Club by completing the gruelling 26-mile course in April.

The 999 Club supports people who are experiencing homelessness across Lewisham.

In total the team is hoping to raise more than £10,000 to support the 999 Club’s work and premises. This includes their Gateway Centre where people can have a shower, have a meal or do their laundry, as well as accessing healthcare and other support services.

Mr Egan said: “We are proud to be running for such an important local charity. The 999 Club is a vital part of our community and the work they do with people experiencing homelessness is extraordinary.

“Many of us are first time runners and so this is a big challenge, but one we are looking forward to.”

The team’s JustGiving page says: “We believe no one in our community should have to face homelessness. People who have nowhere to live can go to the Gateway Centre, have a shower, do their laundry and get something to eat.

“They can also access healthcare from visiting nurses, mental health workers and other healthcare professionals. They offer a comprehensive service including advice and support, a bed for the night and employability programmes.”

Other team members are Charlotte Smith, Uchenna Forjoe, Owen Walters, Ian Hewison, Cllr Leo Gibbons, Cllr Joe Dromey, Fiona Colley, Lee Georgiou, and Nathan Gayle.

Pictured are the town hall staff in training.

 

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