A HIGHBRIDGE man is walking 20 miles to raise funds to provide help and support to homeless people in his community.

Adam Golightly is walking from Highbridge to Weston-super-Mare and back on Saturday, July 4 to raise funds so he can provide blankets, food and support to homeless people in the local area.

The 29-year-old was homeless for more than ten years and said he has seen first hand the difficulties homeless people go through when they are living on the streets.

"When I was homeless I did not get any support. I was just left on the streets with no support," Adam said.

"There is no help out there for homeless people. My partner and I have a got a lot of friends who are homeless and it is not an easy life to lead.

"When I was homeless I went through it all, I had my tent set on fire, I was beaten up and even peed on. Some people just don't care, they don't see homeless people as people.

"After being homeless for a number of years it became a lifestyle, not a choice. It was the only way I could cope with it.

"A lot of people also don't get counted by councils as homeless and so slip through the net and get no support. It's difficult living on the street and personally I didn't feel supported by councils when I was homeless.

"It took me quite a long time to get my life together and battle my issues. It is not an easy thing to do. My partner Vicci basically saved me and helped me to change my life.

"We have friends who are homeless. We want to go to the homeless people and help them.

"We want to provide them with food, blankets and warm clothing and form an outreach programme so they can be as comfortable as possible on the street."

Adam said he has set up a fundraising page online to raise money to buy items to give to the homeless but has already had some donations from the public.

He said he hopes to continue getting donations so he can support homeless people in the community and urged people to donate what they can.

"We have already started getting bits of clothes and stuff from people in the community which is amazing," Adam said.

"We have also had some cash donations as well as some donations on our page which is fantastic.

"A lot of homeless people really struggle to live in emergency accommodation. They can't deal with living in a house. We want to do our best to support them.

"If you know someone who is homeless and can get in contact them please get in touch with me."

For more information or to donate to Adam's appeal visit www.gofundme.com and search for North Somerset Homeless or message Adam Mc Riffraf on Facebook.