East Belfast Mission are seeking support for their vital work in east Belfast by asking volunteers to take part in their ‘Darkness to Dawn” Cavehill Climb with Bryson Lagan Sports, taking place on Saturday 7th September.

Based on the Newtownards Road in Belfast the charity works to relieve the difficulties faced by those who are most vulnerable and excluded in the surrounding community by offering a range of services to support those who need help. Their projects include Hosford Homelessness services, an Employability project, an Irish Language project and a thriving church community which offers community groups, counselling and pastoral care to those who need it.

Lianne Mulholland, Fundraising Officer for East Belfast Mission, said ‘By taking part in our poignant ‘Darkness to Dawn’ Cavehill Climb you will be enabling us to be there for people in our community during the darkest points of their lives; whether that is caused by homelessness, addictions, through unemployment and financial issues or through broken relationships, no matter what the cause, our doors are always open to those who need our help to walk them out of the darkness and into the light.

“Starting early in the morning our volunteers will embark on their climb in darkness, reaching the top of Cavehill as the sun rises over what promises to be a stunning view over Belfast! Anyone is welcome to take part in the challenge, simply get in touch with us to register and receive your fundraising pack”

One of the local people who has turned their life around thanks to the help of East Belfast Mission is twenty year old Natasha Boyd, who experienced abusive relationships and homelessness at an early age in life.  East Belfast Mission’s hostel provided a safe place for Natasha, enabling her to deal with the trauma she’d experienced and to develop her confidence.

Natasha says: “When I hit rock bottom, the East Belfast Mission team were like a family to me. They helped me rebuild my life and gave me back my future’.

You can help the charity to change lives’ like Natasha’s by taking part in this fundraising challenge.

Sign up for the event costs £30 and suggested fundraising is £150, although any donations raised for the work of the charity will be hugely appreciated.  The climb will be instructed by Bryson Lagan Sports mountain leaders the entire walk, safety briefing will be given and head torches provided.

For more information or to sign up for this exciting event please contact Lianne on 028 9045 8560 or email fundraising@ebm.org.uk. For more information about the work of East Belfast Mission please visit the charity’s Facebook page or http://www.ebm.org.uk