Student laces up her walking shoes for charity

Posted on

A Mental Health Nursing student is lacing up her walking shoes to raise money to help the homeless this winter.

Hayley Sheldon
Hayley Sheldon

Hayley Sheldon, is in her first year studying for a Bachelor of Nursing (BN) in Mental Health. She is fundraising for homeless charity Shelter’s The Big Walk, which takes place later this month.

Shelter has invited people across the country to walk 3km, 5km or 10km, either alone or in a team, with all the money raised going towards helping the charity campaign against rough sleeping, build more social homes and protect renters who face discrimination and eviction.

Hayley said: “I returned to the UK from living abroad last year and was struck by how many homeless people are on the streets and how many people walk past them. We are often scared to help because we don’t know what to say and we don’t know how they will spend any cash we give to them. 

“I saw an advert on social media for the walk and thought why not sign up? A friend of mine in Birmingham worked for Shelter, and I used to volunteer at FoodCycle in the Midlands, where we would use leftover supermarket food to create meals for the homeless and sit to eat together. I loved doing that last year and prior to lockdown, I was also volunteering at the Cancer Research shop in Chester.” 

Hayley, who studies at the Riverside Campus, plans to raise money by walking 10km around Chester later this month – come rain or shine. She said: “It never gets boring walking down to the Campus and taking a breather from online learning or face-to-face (with social distancing) lectures by the water.

“Chester looks great with the Christmas lights too at the moment; 10km will take a couple of hours and I may still be walking at dusk! I will be walking with my fellow student Molly, and we’ll be cheering each other on all the way.”

To make a donation to Hayley’s appeal visit here