On the 12th April Len Dayton ran the Sheffield Half marathon but it was a special one.
Having been homeless and been supported by the Cathedral Archer Project, he was now running alongside Jade and Ruby, Marketing and Development Assistants at the Archer Project, as their coach and trainer.
Len who currently volunteers at CAP was homeless and living on the streets. He came to the project about five years ago for support to find accommodation with help from CAP’s project workers. He has been volunteering since he got his alcohol issues under control. Len has always been very active and runs to clear his mind and stay positive so was on board straight away for the half marathon!
He has been a fantastic role model and motivator and has helped train Jade and Ruby both mentally and physically for the big day. The team have been doing a weekly running club too, with Len organising and leading the way, which is set to continue for people who use the project.
Jade and Ruby have trained hard and have been raising money for the Cathedral Archer Project. CAP believe life is about living, not surviving that’s why they will strive to turn no one away, and to never give up on anyone.
Jade commented, ‘I couldn’t have completed the half marathon without all of Len’s motivation and encouragement. It is fantastic that someone who once needed the support from us is now the one offering support back.’ With Ruby adding ‘thanks to Len I feel I’ve become a bit of a runner now. I plan to keep it up!’
Jade and Ruby have raised £1515.32 for the project through sponsorship and donations.
If you’d like to donate, volunteer or fundraise for the Cathedral Archer Project visit their website