Sunday, January 01, 2017
Sunday, December 25, 2016
- 6941 different people have used the services so far.
- 3,714 people have used the advice services during the past year. 293 were women.
- 10% of people using services are under 26 years of age.
- 311 people received help in claiming benefits.
- 30% of people using the services have been in care at some point.
In 2017 I'm proud to announce that I will be running the British 10k for The Whitechapel Mission for the tenth year in a row. It'll be a personal landmark for me if I can make it and I have no intention of stopping yet.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Addiction - stress - domestic violence - mental health - broken relationships - grief- unemployment - despair. These are all very real catalysts for homelessness.
It's easy to forget that the homeless are people people who have history. Over the years I've met a former glamour model, champion weightlifter, banker and a diplomat - All individuals with notable contributions to society.
It's easy to walk past that dishevelled and grubby person cowering in the corner, trying their utmost to blend into the shadows. But before we do let's step into their shoes.
Tonight the temperature was harsh. Stratford City is usually bustling with activity but all visitors had either gone home or had decided to savour the warmth of the local establishments.
Our usual homeless guests were nowhere to be seen. Jaf and I ditched the table and went for a walk in the Stratford Centre. We bumped into John who had two helpings of the packed boxes we were carrying. I said I had missed seeing him for months. He told us he'd just come out of after a short prison stretch. "It's better in there," he said. He's one of the most charismatic and kindest souls on the circuit. His spiral into despair began after he lost his son in a tragic hit and run incident. John pointed out some corners were we met a few homeless friends. None of the regulars were there tonight - Amanda, Bill, Rose, Tomasz, Paul, Viktoria.
One gentleman took numerous boxes, loudly expressing his thanks several times. He said he hadn't eaten a proper meal since Wednesday and was stocking up. His companion was silent - his ravenous mouth was full with chicken.
Tonight was a different experience for me and Jaf on his debut. We walked around. Although several of our regulars were missing (I pray they're all well) we made new friends. The service was slower and the interaction was more personalised than normal.
Thank you Ranu & Idrees for the food. A thought popped into my head - In the end only kindness matters.
As I drove away I put the car heating up on my banger to maximum.
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Tuesday, November 08, 2016
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Sunday, October 16, 2016
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Sunday, August 28, 2016
Apparently Owen Smith thinks he can eradicate homelessness within 5 years if he was to come into power. In my humble opinion these 5 minutes in the limelight career politicians should act more responsibly and stop making outlandish claims - especially at the expense of some of our most vulnerable fellow citizens.
Stevie was in floods of tears tonight. He kept saying, 'I'm so embarrassed. It took us a few minutes to calm him down as he had worked himself into a right state. Amanda gave an interview to Tom and Billy snapped the snapper (see pic).
There were plenty of new faces today - That is modern day London for you. Each one was a happy customer as the chicken and lentil soup with pitta bread went down a total treat.
We will be on Sky News tomorrow morning. If you'd like to help with a dish or join us on a shift then please get in touch with me on Twitter - @emdad07
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Saturday, July 16, 2016
In the run up to the Olympic Games, Lennox Lewis, the last boxer to be undisputed heavyweight has spoken of his proudest career moment. ‘It has to be when I won the Olympics, I would say that. Yes, winning the Olympic gold medal was the greatest moment of my career, because I wanted to win the Olympics for so long. I had to actually go to two Olympics to win one Olympic Gold.’
Lewis beat Evander Holyfield in 1999 to join the likes of Muhammad Ali as undisputed world heavyweight boxing champions. He is in London and will be a key feature at SENI 2016 - The Strength And Combat Show, hosted by Bellator MMA and Fighters Inc. ‘I’m excited about it. There are a lot of exciting fighters out there who people don’t know about. They will take notice after this. They should come. If they haven’t watched MMA before then they should definitely come to The O2 to experience this event.
‘I’m a fighter and I love to watch fighting and MMA kind of gives me what I need s I’m going to be there. I’m going to enjoy talking to my fans and taking pictures with them. I’m looking forward to it.’
The 50 year old boxing legend is happy that David Haye has stepped back into the ring. ‘His speed is phenomenal and he is a showman – That’s some combination. You can’t write the Hayemaker off. I think the fact that he’s fighting Shannon Briggs is a good fight because Shannon Briggs needs to be fought. He’s talked himself into a fight and I think that’s a good fight for david Haye.
‘Obviously after that one he needs to step it up a little bit. Everybody wants to see him against Anthony Joshua. Everybody wants to see him against Tyson Fury. These guys don’t really have to go far. They don’t have to go over the water to challenge each other. everybody lives in England, so hopefully we’ll see some great fights in the future.’
Lewis reiterated his views on Tyson Fury. ‘He has technique, he is fast. His movement reminds me of Muhammad Ali – ‘he floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. That’s great boxing for you.’
Lewis was the last boxer to hold the WBC, IBF and WBA titles at once and retired as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. He feels that there is a worthy candidate to take over his mantle. ‘Anthony Joshua looks real good. He is winning comfortably and is in a great position to create boxing history. 17 fights with 17 KO’s makes it possible for him.’
With the added bonus of the interview taking place at the ‘I am Ali’ exhibition at the O2 all that remained was to ask Lewis about his thoughts on the passing of the greatest boxer to have ever stepped into a ring. He said: ‘It was a privilege and an honour to lay ‘The Greatest’ to rest and you know for me, I was sad we lost a great man that did so much, not just in the boxing world, but in life. Muhammad Ali was the father of boxing and he will always be remembered and revered. There will always be ne Muhammad Ali and his extraordinary legacy will live on for generations.’
SENI – The Combat & Strength show is the original and still the largest fighting arts event in the world and is set across the entire O2 venue on 15th and 16thJuly 2016.
The event will take place in all of the venue official spaces such as The Piazza, indigo at The O2, Building 6, Brooklyn Bowl and Water Margin.Saturday 16th July 2016 – 10am to 7pm(last entry 6pm)Sunday 17th July 2016 – 10am to 5pm(last entry 4pm)
On sale: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 - 09:00 BST
Saturday Day Pass AM (10am – 2.30pm)
Saturday Day Pass PM (2.30pm – 7pm)
Sunday Day Pass AM (10am – 1.30pm)
Sunday Day Pass PM (1.30pm – 5pm)
Customers will be required to exchange their ticket for a wristband on arrival at the venue.www.combatandstrength.com #TheCombatAndStrengthShow
Sunday, July 10, 2016
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Monday, June 20, 2016
With Slovakia he changed his ploy
He took Wilshere to France
Drinkwater stood no chance
With the return of golden boy
Stade Geoffrey Guichard, Saint-Etienne
20 06 16
Coming into this game in Toulouse
Russia had won the last three
All fears are duly banished
When the ball falls to Aaron Ramsey
It was a 66 World Cup qualifier
Wales last beat the USSR
Two goals to one for the Dragons
Ivor Allchurch with a late clincher
Chris Coleman is in dreamland
His proud nation is loud and merry
Bale deflects for Taylor to score
With two bites of that cherry
In Welsh Pirlo Joe Allen Xavi
There's more woe for Leonid Slutsky
Bale makes it a resounding three
Left foot finish from Ramsey
Stadium de Toulouse
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