I am a member of staff at Barnabus. Working in the Beacon support centre, which is the first point of contact for many of our guests, I have the pleasure of meeting our guests as they start their journey towards a better future. It is so humbling to hear their stories, and so exciting to see relationships build with our engagement workers and then longer-term with our support and resettlement workers.

We know that the road can be long and bumpy but as a team we believe that every person has the right to a home and to a future with hope and purpose, and my colleagues are always ready to walk alongside people on that journey, however long it takes. Reading some of the stories on this site of lives being transformed will give you a picture of the work that goes on each day.

This is just my way of trying to do a bit extra to support the men and women that we serve. Those who know me will know that I run a lot, so I've chosen a race which will be a big test so you can feel I've earnt my sponsorship! The race is 50 miles with over 2500 metres of ascent so this will be a big challenge, but the reward of some money raised for Barnabus will be a big incentive to push to the finish line.

If you are able to support me, please know that your money will be put to great use to help someone off the streets and give them hope for a brighter future. Thank you so much for reading and supporting me!

Martha Urwin