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Friends - Michael and Lewis

Two friends, Lewis and Michael, ran the 2017 London Marathon in a bid to give something back after Lewis's life was transformed when he lived in one of our Lifehouses.

The Salvation Army gave me the ability to transform my life, and it’s really important to me to give something back.

"I want to raise money for the organisation that has had such a positive impact on my friend’s life."

Lewis Baxter, 32, decided to run the marathon last September and realised that if he was going to succeed he’d have to run for a charity which means something to him. Lewis said: “The Salvation Army gave me the ability to transform my life, and it’s really important to me to give something back, that’s what will keep me going at the legendary tricky mile 19. "

 

Lewis arrived at a Salvation Army centre for people experiencing homelessness 12 years ago. Lewis had dropped out of uni and his family had done all they could to help him but his problems were complex and he needed external support.

Michael Dobson, 35, said: “I met Lewis a couple of years ago when I did some repair work at his house. He’s since told me about the support he received from The Salvation Army and it’s almost hard to believe how much he’s transformed his life. I want to raise money for the organisation that has had such a positive impact on my friend’s life."

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