Maria looks to raise the roof

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A housing choice officer at Newark and Sherwood Homes, is setting her sights high as she has signed up for the ‘Rooftop of the World’ challenge, which raises money for homeless people across the globe.

The challenge, which takes place from 13th to 23rd November 2014, will see Maria Brambles taking part in Homeless International’s challenge, which involves trekking through the Annapurna region of Nepal and helping with a construction project to build new shelters for homeless families.

She will join the LUMANTI Support Group for Shelter, where she will learn about the problems faced by families living in the slums and informal settlements and will visit some of the most remote communities in Nepal to experience a way of life that is fast disappearing.

Rebecca Rance, chief executive of Newark and Sherwood Homes, said: “We are delighted that Maria has taken up the challenge set by Homeless International. As a company, we will be supporting her in her fundraising efforts as she prepares to undertake this amazing challenge. It will be a great opportunity for her to really make a difference to homeless people across the other side of the world who are undergoing severe hardship.”

Maria has already started planning her fundraising efforts, as she is aiming to raise at least £5k for the challenge. She is selling her own hand crafted Christmas cards and is planning to run a raffle, by seeking local businesses to donate gifts and goods. In the new year, she is planning to hold a Golf Day, a charity fashion show and a cake bake, with homemade cakes sold to raise additional funds.

Maria said: “This is the first time I have ever taken on a challenge like this and it is so exciting! What I am most looking forward to is meeting the local people in these remote villages and helping with the building projects that will really make a difference to people who have very little.

“It will be fantastic to be able to play my part in raising funds for homeless people at the other side of the world and I hope as many people as possible will be able to support me.”

Homeless International helps communities in Africa and Asia to transform slums by supporting them to secure land, build homes, access safe water and sanitation and negotiate with governments – ensuring that they have a voice that gets heard. For more information on the Rooftop of the World challenge, visit the website