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A few years ago a was made homeless due to a break down in the relationship i was in and had no fixed address for quite a while. During this time i slept on friends sofas, in the backs of cars/vans and for a while, on the streets of Stockport. At the time i had no one to turn to, no one that could help and i really hit rock bottom.... or so i thought!!
A friend of a friend had mentioned seeking help with regards to the job center who really had no information and i was sent from pillar to post looking for some advice. He then mentioned the Wellspring kitchen, who i had heard of but didn't really know anything about. My confidence had be knocked and i was i was in a really bad shape (mentally) and didn't feel worthy of help, but i swallowed what little pride i had left and made my way over to the kitchen. I thought they just provided food to be honest and didn't think anything would come of it but they honestly changed my life.
On entering the establishment i was greeted with a warm welcome from a lovely receptionist who asked if she could help and i broke down crying.... for some reason, those words hit a spot and i explained my situation and what had happened. I was taken into a side room where i was offered a warm drink and a sandwich and she proceeded to explain to me what the Wellspring had to offer...... I WAS AMAZED.
After speaking to her for 30 minutes i felt like a great weight had been lifted off my shoulders, a comfort i had not felt in quite some time. She advised me on a couple of next steps i could take and if there was anything they could do they would be glad to help. As i sat there, i noticed the groups the people who i thought were in the same boat as me..... i was wrong, some of the people there had it a hell of a lot worse than me and the experience truly opened my eyes to what the real homeless situation was like in Stockport.
Several years later after going back to night school and completing my GCSEs im working in the fitness industry (iv just qualified as a life guard too) i am in a relationship with a woman who is honestly my rock and just recently moved in with her and 2 of her daughters which i love with all my heart and soul. Over the years i have done charity runs, took part in cake and bake sales and now im taking part in one of the biggest challenges of my life.... Im getting into the ring and taking part in a charity boxing event for the WCF which is based at All powers gym, Hallam mill, Stockport.
Right now i am in the healthiest shape of my life, i am fitter, faster, sharper and emotionally and physically in the best shape of my life and honestly, i believe, this is all down to the Wellspring.
THEY SAVED MY LIFE!!
Homelessness is something we all see daily, in our town, on our streets and sometimes even on our door steps..... and its getting worse! I understand that people often question the authenticity of someone on the streets and question whether or not they really are homeless.... that is a question we will never truly know the answer to unless we take the time to ask about there story. People are so quick to judge somebody based on there appearance, quick enough to cross the road just so they do not have to make eye contact or feel that it isn't there problem. I myself want to change this and do everything i can to try and make a difference to as many people as possible regardless of their appearance or their current situation.
I would like to thank you for reading my story and hope that you will make a donation to my page as every little helps.