Homeless man’s marathon effort for charity that helped him

Michael Campbell who will be taking part in this year's London Marathon seen here with Brian Hendlesby chief operating officer for Horizon Life Training. (16040111AM2)
Michael Campbell who will be taking part in this year's London Marathon seen here with Brian Hendlesby chief operating officer for Horizon Life Training. (16040111AM2)

A homeless man who has overcome his addiction to drugs is preparing to run the London Marathon to raise funds for the Harrogate charity that helped get him back on track.

Michael Campbell, a resident at Horizon Life Training, in Killinghall, is aiming to raise £3,500 for the charity’s new women’s centre.

The Christian charity, based at Kennel Hall Farm, on Ripon Road, helps people who have already started to overcome their addictions to integrate back into the community, enabling them to achieve valuable work experience and qualifications.

Michael, who will be running his first marathon, lived on the streets of Halifax with a number of addictions, and has fought back to better himself. He is passionate about helping others to be given the same opportunity, the charity said.

Brian Hendlesby, chief operating officer of Horizon Life Training, said: “Michael is a private person, he isn’t seeking glory for running the marathon, and he isn’t chasing stardom for his gesture of goodwill.

“Michael’s reason for wanting to run the London Marathon is one of generosity and strength. He can see how far he has travelled through the months he has personally spent at Horizon Life Training, and he wants to help others reach their potential, this is his way of contributing something back.

“We are extremely grateful that he is willing to endure a 26-mile marathon to raise money for the Horizon Life Training women’s centre.”

The new women’s centre, which was previously The Black Bull pub, in Kettlesing, is currently undergoing a renovation project to become a centre for women called Experience Coffee.

The centre will help eight women adapt to their new lives while working, living and enjoying life under the same roof. They will learn new skills, revive old skills, and will serve the public coffee, cakes and sandwiches daily once the centre opens in August.

Two Experience Coffeetaster events have been planned, which will allow the public to see the transformation of the former pub on Sunday, May 1, from 3pm-5pm and Saturday, May 21, from 3pm-5pm

To sponsor Michael or for more information on the women’s centre visit www.horizonlifetraining.org.uk, call 01423 560841 or email experience@horizonlifetraining.org.uk