Former Rough Sleeper Climbs Snowdon for Birmingham Homeless Charity

A former client turned employee of SIFA Fireside – Birmingham’s main day centre for homeless and vulnerably housed people – is setting out to climb Mount Snowdon to raise vital funds for the charity, with £5k set as his target.

Dave first came to SIFA Fireside in 2021 after an extended period of rough sleeping. He decided that it was time to get off the streets and through accessing SIFA Fireside’s services, Dave was able to begin rebuilding his life and finding some stability. Since then, Dave has gone from strength to strength.

Dave says “SIFA Fireside helped from the word go. Without SIFA, I wouldn’t be in the position that I am. Raising this money is my way of saying thank you.”

The 13km ascent to the summit of Snowdon will take an experienced walkers around 6 hours. Dave will be taking the Ranger Trail by night to see the sun rise on the 23rd from the top of a mountain, saying “I can’t think of anything better than sitting on the top of a mountain and watching the sun come up.”

Dave began by volunteering at SIFA Fireside in the Drop-In Centre in Digbeth. Less than a year later, he is working full time as a Peer Mentor and Employability Worker at SIFA Fireside. He enjoys supporting those who have found themselves in a similar position to rebuild their lives.

As well as climbing Mount Snowdon, Dave recently completed an abseil from the top of The Custard Factory in Digbeth, which also raised funds for SIFA Fireside. Click here to donate to Dave’s trek to Mount Snowdon.

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