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Mayor to lead Lewisham Council team in next months London Marathon

A team of runners from Lewisham is taking part in the London Marathon to fundraise for the 999 Club, a Deptford-based homelessness and Mayoral charity.

Damien Egan, Kate Greenwood, and David McCollum in orange t.shirts with the 999 Club logo on them.Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, will run in the London Marathon alongside his partner Yossi Felberbaum and Council officers Kate Greenwood and David McCollum. All four will be donning their trainers on Sunday 3 October to raise money for the 999 Club, which supports people who are experiencing homelessness.

Team Lewisham hope to beat their collective target of £6,000 to support the 999 Club’s work and facilities. This includes the Gateway Day Centre where homeless people can shower, have a meal, do laundry, access support services like healthcare, or get help with job searches and housing applications.

Tackling homelessness in Lewisham remains a key priority for the Council and it has committed to delivering a new generation of genuinely affordable homes across the borough in order to combat the housing crisis.

Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham said:

“No one should have to experience homelessness or sleep rough but the housing crisis gripping London unfortunately means too many people do. This has been made even tougher by the COVID-19 pandemic and the 999 Club’s support has never been greater, so Team Lewisham will give it everything we’ve got in the London Marathon.

“Most of us are first time marathon runners so we know we have a big challenge ahead of us, but we have been training hard and determined to fundraise as much as we can. We know Lewisham’s residents are incredibly generous and every penny supports the 999 Club’s vital work, and ask that those who are able to donate to this important cause.”

Gülen Petty, Head of Fundraising at 999 Club said:

“We are a small charity that relies on the generosity of our local community to continue our work. So we are really grateful to the team at Lewisham Council for choosing to run the London Marathon on our behalf.

We encourage you all to support them, and us, by digging deep. Your donations, no matter how big or small, help to keep our doors open and provide opportunities for homeless people to gain the skills and confidence to transform their lives. You can make a difference.”

So far the Council team has raised over £1,000 but they need more support to reach their target. All donations can be made online via their individual JustGiving fundraising pages. Remember, every penny helps.

Find more information about the 999 Club on its website.

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