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JustGiving: Can you sponsor Alex, Matt or Paul who are raising money for Catching Lives?

Matt Gillett, Paul McCartney and Alex Knight
Matt Gillett, Paul McCartney and Alex Knight

Three people are fundraising for Catching Lives by taking part in sponsored events. 

Alex Knights, who volunteers in the Catching Lives kitchen, is running the Canterbury Half Marathon on Monday, 28 August.

This is Alex’s first running event and he decided to do it with 70 days to train. 

He said: “It’s not something I’ve done too much before but something I believe I can achieve. The training is going well and I’m lucky to have great people around who offer their help and support.  

“I wanted to raise money for Catching Lives because it’s my favourite charity by far. I can see from experience while volunteering in the kitchen how much the centre means to a lot of people.  

“It’s beautiful to see people helping one another out especially when they need it the most without discrimination. We never know what’s going to happen to us in our lives but it’s nice to know that there’s people and a community around to support others when in hard times.” 

You can sponsor Alex on JustGiving here.

Matt Gillett, another kitchen volunteer and seasonal project worker for Catching Lives, is walking from Canterbury to Margate on Saturday, 5 August. 

He said: “This charity is very close to my heart for a couple of reasons; I was homeless many years ago and this charity helped me get into accommodation and gave me the chance to volunteer here, which gave me confidence and the ability to work as part of a team. Coming from a homeless background this is one of the reasons why this charity means a lot to me and I want to make a difference and give something back. 

“Coming from my background and how I’ve got clean and sober and got accommodation, the clients can relate to me and see I’ve been where they’ve been and have empathy for them, which is really rewarding. 

“So, please support me, no donation too small, every little helps.” Sponsor Matt on JustGiving here.

Businessman Paul McCartney visited the Catching Lives day centre in early July and has decided to run The Big Half – a half marathon in London on Sunday, 3 September. 

He said: “I was overwhelmed with the work they [Catching Lives] are doing to help people who have become homeless to get their lives back on track. 

“On a tour with the CEO, a young man proudly showed her a set of keys he’d picked up earlier in the day from Canterbury City Council, after the charity had lobbied on his behalf. 

“Please help in any way you can – even if it’s simply a good luck message, it will help to keep me focused and on track.” Sponsor Paul on JustGiving here.

If you’d like to take part in a sponsored event or fundraiser to raise money for Catching Lives, contact press@catchinglives.org. 

To support Catching Lives, you can make a donation on JustGiving here.