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Two local men to raise money for Colchester General Hospital

18 Sep Two local men to raise money for Colchester General Hospital

Michael Hawkins-Far and Ian Simpson, companions (formerly homeless people) living at the Emmaus Colchester community, are embarking on an 80-mile sponsored walk, organised by Emmaus volunteer, David Hewitt.

Emmaus Colchester provides a home and meaningful work for up to 34 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion, offering them an alternative route out of homelessness and a fantastic way of life within a supportive environment.

Companions work full time while they are at Emmaus selling and upcycling second-hand furniture and household items at its Emmaus Emporium, Emmaus Home and Emmaus charity shops. The income generated through Emmaus’ shops goes straight back into the community and enables companions to develop skills, rebuild their self-respect and help others in greater need than themselves.

Michael and Ian are joining David and three other retired Coggeshall Scout leaders who are hoping to complete the Essex Way trail over three days, starting in Epping on Thursday 21 September and finishing up at the port of Harwich on Sunday 24 September.

If you would like to support this cause, please head to