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Dusk walkers take steps to end homelessness

Dusk walks across the country will raise funds for homelessness charity Depaul UK next week – and highlight the plight of young people with nowhere to go when night falls.

Hundreds of walkers in London, Manchester and Newcastle will walk through their cities as the sun sets to raise thousands of pounds for the young and homeless on Friday 12th October.

Depaul UK is a homelessness charity inspired by the life and work of St Vincent de Paul and supporting 16-to-25-year-olds across Britain experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

Its prevention services include same-night emergency accommodation, longer-term support housing and life skills work to get young people into education, training and employment.

Londoners will start in Bermondsey, stop for refreshments at the St William of York church in Forest Hill and end at St Paul’s Church in Beckenham.

The Manchester walk starts and ends at St Peter’s House, and takes participants through the city centre.

Walkers in Newcastle will meander through Rising Sun Country Park as the sun sets on the city.

Depaul Head of Public Fundraising Kate Wareham said: “Without the effort of our supporters taking part in Dusk Walks across the country, we would not be able to do our life changing work.

“Last year Depaul UK supported more than 3,500 people, with almost 1,000 stayed in our supported accommodation, but we want to do even more.

“I would encourage everyone to walk with us, see their cities from a fresh perspective and put themselves in the shoes of a homeless young person to help us continue this vital work.”

To register for Dusk Walk 2018, visit:

Registrations will also be taken on the night of the event.

Picture: A view of the Canary Wharf area of London at dusk, with the river Thames in the foreground. (Martin Keene/PA).