Ex-Amberteer, Holly, has taken part in a marathon walk around London raising over £400 for Amber in the process. This is a fantastic achievement and we are so grateful for her support! The 26-mile route was tough but it took in some of the best sites in London including Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge which made it all worthwhile.
Having arrived at the centre in October 2019 unemployed, homeless and having escaped from a toxic relationship, Holly was not in a good place when she arrived with us. However, she took full advantage of the opportunities on offer, taking part in the NHS recovery college and Amber’s in house workshops and training units. She also completed a range of online courses and did some voluntary work with a wildlife sanctuary. In June 2020 whilst the pandemic was still ongoing, Holly found a full-time job in a warehouse and a place to live in a shared house.
Since leaving Amber, Holly has continued to work at the warehouse and spent the last year studying in the evenings to re-take her GCSEs to try and fulfil her dream of moving into social care. Although the job is not what Holly wants to do in the long-term, she was thrilled to see success in her GCSEs in August and is so grateful to have worked all through the pandemic. Alongside a regular wage, it has also given her confidence and some good new friends, one of whom completed the walk with Holly.
Doing the marathon walk to fundraise for Amber was Holly’s way of saying thank you to those who supported her when she was struggling with no-one to turn to for help. Holly had this to say about her time at Amber “I feel a huge sense of achievement. My time at Amber helped me value myself and to recognise my strengths.”
We are incredibly proud of what Holly has achieved and are so grateful for the fundraising which will help other homeless young people like Holly in the future. If you would like to donate to Holly’s fundraising page, you can do so here.