Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Diego Maradona 1960-2020

Emdad Rahman

Diego Armando Maradona, widely regarded as the greatest player of all time has died at the age of 60. 


The Argentinian football genius, who had brain surgery earlier this month passed away from a heart attack.


Following announcement of the tragic news his homeland declared three days of national mourning. 


The crowning moment of Maradona’s career was when he led Argentina to World Cup glory at Mexico 86. It was the pinnacle moment of a glorious career and unanimously led him to be named the Golden Ball winner of the tournament after mesmerising opponents, fans and team mates on the way to beating West Germany 3-2 in the final. 


It was against the late Sir Bobby Robson’s England in the Quarter finals where Maradona infamously used his hand to lift the ball over Peter Shilton before going on to score the greatest World Cup goal ever.


As a ten year old watching it all in black and white no other person could provoke such loathing and loving in the space of five single minutes. 


Four minutes after the “Hand of God” goal Hector Enrique laid the ball off to Maradona in his own half. It lit the fuse for a 10 second, 60 yard slalom through the heart of the England team, easing past Peter Beardsley, Peter Reid, Terry Butcher two times, and Terry Fenwick. 


All that remained was feinting deftly to leave Peter Shilton on his backside before slotting home. 


It was pure football sorcery delivered masterfully by the great Druid of the game. The Arena Azteca simply erupted.


On a domestic level Maradona shook up Italy to become the figurehead of a Napoli team which broke the monopoly of Italian giants Milan, Juventus, and Internazionale to lifted the Scudetto in 1987, 1990, an Italian Cup in 1987 and the UEFA Cup in 1989. 


The latter half of his career was mired in controversy involving cocaine addiction and exploitation. 


It is no surprise that Napoli will be retiring the famed number 10 shirt forever.


For me El Diego was the greatest player of all time. 


What he did with Argentina and Napoli and the manner in which he did it may never be achieved again.


Goodbye Dieguito. You were a magician without comparison.


Eternal Gracias!


Diego Maradona 1960-2020


He's going to pass it to Diego, there's Maradona with it, two men on him, Maradona steps on the ball, there goes down the right flank the genius of world football, he leaves the wing and he's going to pass it to Burruchaga... Still Maradona! Genius! Genius! Genius! There, there, there, there, there, there! Goaaaaaaaal! Goaaaaaaal! I want to cry, oh holy God, long live football! What a goal! Diegoal! Maradona! It is to cry for, excuse me! Maradona, in a memorable run, in the best play of all times! Cosmic kite, which planet did you come from, to leave so many Englishmen behind, for the country to be a clenched fist crying for Argentina? Argentina 2, England 0! Diegoal, Diegoal, Diego Armando Maradona! Thank you, God, for football, for Maradona, for these tears, for this Argentina 2, England 0.


Víctor Hugo Morales


Diego Maradona 1960-2020


It was a dream come true

I’d emptied my savings tin

My broad smile stretched

From Bognor to Berlin


I would be the proud owner

Of a Diego Maradona boot

Now the barrel chested ones

Latest fanclub recruit


Sprinting down Whitechapel Road

I dragged along me Mam

Dropping a shopping bag en route

Shattering a jar of jam


"You wear them, you'll play like him"

The shop assistant said

I believed every single word

My beaming smile spread


A walking Ambassador I became

I put those boots to use

On grass, tarmac, concrete

Each time I got set loose


Wear them on the old sandpitch

In the thick of the Berner Estate

Not ideal for that surface

But that was open to debate


Even wore them to school

On an odd day or three

"Get them off right now!”

Hawkeyed Margaret would scream 


Wore them into the ground

Even when they were a goner

Yes, the one and only

Puma Maradona


Goodbye to you Armando

A Druid, a one off edition

Eternal Gracias Dieguito

Footballs flawed magician


25 11 20


number7

© emdad rahman



Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Corona Chronicles; Ekota Girls debut at Coggeshall Town


These girls started learning cricket six weeks ago after picking up a bat for the very first time to play the game. 

Today they made their debut against some very talented girls their age. 

They started the day nervous and shy. They were warmly welcomed by the girls from all teams with open arms. They finished the day on three games, three wins, huge wide smiles and massive confidence boosts. 

A simply phenomenal achievement!

Coggeshall Town Cricket Club have delivered a brilliant post Covid Summer Smash for the Under 11 girls. 

Amidst a global pandemic it is one of the first cricket engagement camps to be arranged since the UK wide lockdown has been eased.

Although large parts of the UK had suffered with high winds the day before the festival took place, albeit with a few reduced numbers. In total 31 girls took part and due to the great success of the event it is planned that the Girls Summer Smash will become an annual fixture. 

Six weeks on and the girls win three games on the spin. The advice thus follows is:

- Time to up the training routines
- Eat well, sleep on time
- Begin personal independent training programmes
- Separate sessions during weekly training 
- Parents to be involved at every step

Hanging out with excellent cricketers at a club with superb facilities will be inspirational and set the benchmark high for these girls.

It will be aspirational and a memorable experience for them on the journey of life!

And... well done... Enjoy for now for I have a rigorous schedule coming up!

Well done girls - You’ve been outstanding and it’s been a pleasure being your coach!

Enjoy and savour this moment and memory - We are very proud of you all.

Thank you Coggeshall CC, Colts manager Iain Kinsman, Lauren Onojaife, Essex and the community for hosting us with such warmth. 

Thanks Essex Cricket for the chance to participate. 

#ekotaacademy #theanfieldtourist #thewanderinglondoner


Thursday, August 20, 2020

The Corona Chronicles - Eat Out, Be Helped Out!


We didn’t join the rat race for #eatouttohelpout and I’m no snob. I just didn’t fancy the long and miserable queues. The desperate look on the faces of those in line just depressed me.

I did however enjoy a little magic trick and discovered a new strategy last week which led to a whopping 100% discount at #theottomandoner 

Here’s how it goes... Eat Out To Be Helped Out! Stuff your face till your busting and the Guvnor foots the bill. It’s one of my most favourite performances. Pity we can’t call him the “little magician!” 😂

It seems the multi talented Abdal is not only a highly astute businessman but a respectable magician too and soon as the cash register slammed shut and before you could say abracadabra I had rediscovered my wallet!

Wow! Voila! Magic all round!

#coronachronicles #theanfieldtourist #thewanderinglondoner

Sunday, August 16, 2020

The Corona Chronicles - Strangers helping strangers!


Nice to see Em and Jon! They’re not living together as Jon has had to move to Dagenham but still an item.

Today I had planned a quiet day with #bookbikelondon and a few book deliveries doing my local cycle route. I’ve been kicked out of my local cycling whatssap group because I have joined in but that’s cool as I have far bigger fish to fry.

Firstly, I received some money from Capital Kids Cricket CEO Ratan Bhai and Bhabi of which I used a little amount to sort out some #homeless friends.

I received a call from a local family who’d been signposted to me by Pastor Obi Onyeabor. We talked, they cooked, and delivered delicious piping hot food. 

It turned out to be a large delivery for me and Dulu to our local homeless refuge and the rough sleepers in the town centre.

This is the power of community and networking. I have seen some close friends quite upset today and wrote about their experiences as charity volunteers and I hope sharing this experience cheers them up and gives them a little boost and pick me up. 

You don’t need money, or an organisation or endorsements to make a difference. If the intention is there the path will light up. 

#homelesspeople #homelessoutreach #feedinglondon #theanfieldtourist #thewanderinglondoner



Sunday, August 09, 2020

The Corona Chronicles - Lonely Orphans Dover Trek!


A group of us volunteers joined the Bethnal Green based Lonely Orphans Charity team to complete the Dover Trek today. 

We travelled separately and walked in small clusters keeping in mind the need to distance socially. 

This 10 mile linear walk offered us panoramic views of the English Channel. Three of England's mightiest coastal forts stand on the route, from the medieval "Key to England" at Dover to Henry VIII's defences of Walmer and Deal.

Braving soaring high heat twenty four individuals took part in the 20k Dover to Deal trek to raise money for the charities Indonesian Orphans programme.

Md Imran from Lonely Orphans commented, “the weather was very hot and challenging, the scenery beautiful throughout. I want to thank our team today for their efforts in making a lot of young children smile.”

The heat was less than Friday but still intense. The locals were friendly enough and I even got cash donations from fellow trekkers - Andrea and Mary who were visiting from the United States. 

A great day out!

#dovertrek #coronachronicles #theanfieldtourist #thewanderinglondoner

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

The Corona Chronicles - Be persistent!


Big day for our fledgling project tomorrow. 

Here’s my grand total figures since I started this social enterprise... Zero, yes you heard that right! Zilch! Nada! Diddly squat! Bigger all!  Nowt! Bupkis! Sweet Fanny Adams! Nil! Bagatelle! Goose egg!  

If you’re passionate, patient, sincere and work hard then good things will happen - It’s inevitable! 

#bookbikelondon #theanfieldtourist #thewanderinglondoner #coronachronicles 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Corona Chronicles - My own Santander Cycle!


I’m over the moon to have a Santander Cycle named after me today by TFL and receive an honorary bike, which bears my name on unique gold livery.

It’s their 10th year anniversary and I was invited to pick up my cycle and attend a photoshoot. Thank you to David Eddington, TfL’s Head of Cycle Hire for the presentation.

More than 94 million cycle hires have been made since TfL launched its flagship scheme on 30 July 2010.

Today I have also completed my Lonely Orphans #100MileChallenge for Orphans today!

Two bonuses in one day. Naturally, I used this limited edition Santander Cycle for my volunteering and kickstarted its new life with one food parcel drop and one book, To Kill A Mockingbird, donated by The London Enterprise Academy.

Transport for London (TfL) is celebrating a successful decade of cycle hire in the capital, ten years on from the launch of its flagship cycling scheme. On 30 July 2010, TFL introduced cycle hire to Londoners with 350 docking stations across eight London boroughs.

  • More than 94 million cycle hires have been made since TFL launched its flagship scheme on 30 July 2010.
  • TfL’s cycle hire scheme has led a revolution in cycling in the capital, offering Londoners flexible and affordable access to bikes across the city.
  • More than half of cycle hire users in London today say they started cycling because of the scheme.

Today, these numbers have more than doubled: Londoners now have access to 781 docking stations and more than 12,000 bikes, with an additional 1,700 new bikes currently being added to the fleet.

Cycling in London has more than doubled since 2000. TfL’s cycle hire scheme has been at the forefront of this cycling boom over the last decade, contributing to the largest increase in cycling in London since records began.

I’m glad to be a part of this revolution and grateful to everyone for your fantastic support.

#coronachronicles #santandercycles #theanfieldtourist #thewanderinglondoner




Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Corona Chronicles - #bookbikelondon and London’s Homeless!


They’re homeless, not crazy! #thewanderinglondoner

#bookbikelondon was in and around #spitalfields today with the focus on #roughsleepers and #homeless friends

One fella was in a tent near the #nomadicgardens and Greg in a sleeping bag near the #icantbreathe mural in Allen Gardens.

He was in the shade when I arrived in the park to meet and greet people with books and woke up when the heat of the sun started to warm up his little spot in the shade.

He went to the bushes to change and probably a quick slash and saw me taking photos of my bike and books next to the #graffiti wall. He asked if he could sit in the shot and I said to knock himself out.

Greg’s got unlucky and lost his job and it’s cost him a relationship. His depression has led to drink, to drugs and he uses the Whitechapel Mission for his daily food and drink intake.

Others were enjoying the sun on park benches. I cycled up to the nearby homeless shelter where more books were received by some more happy customers.

The Literacy Trust have been really generous to #bookbikelondon and today we’ve shared 16 books on my trusty #santandercycle including To Kill a Mockingbird from The London Enterprise Academy. 

I’m fussy and don’t hand them out to anybody who’s not a reader or who can’t make good use of a precious book.

A young lady aged 6/7 came running UK and asked me for a book. I spotted her parent jogging up to tell her off and apologise to me. Luckily I had four additional kiddie books to pass on.

That’s 20 books today... Happy days all round!

#coronachronicles #theanfieldtourist #thewanderinglondoner

Sunday, July 26, 2020

The Corona Chronicles - Lonely Orphans Family Walk & Picnic!


The Whitechapel based Lonely Orphans charity team arranged a family charity walk and picnic for families to enjoy being outdoors and also to help raise awareness of the work being carried out to support orphans.

The 2 kilometre walk in Victoria Park commenced and finished at St Marks Gate and involved families and various social bubbles completing a lap of that side of the park.

Because of the big, green spaces, families and participants were able to comfortably take part and complete the circuit.

The event was professionally organised and volunteer Marshalls were on hand to provide support, guidance and first aid attention if necessary.

The team at Lonely Orphans have used the event to raise the profile of the great work the charity does with orphans and the funds raised will contribute towards supporting those in need.

A kind gesture by the charity saw families and participants provided with picnic hampers to celebrate completing the walk. 

Speaking after the event Md Imran, Fundraising Manager said, “It’s been a lovely, sunny day for a walk. The global pandemic and lockdown has made us realise how lucky we are to enjoy things we very much take for granted.

“We have been socially distanced whilst walking and having our picnics and we’ve had an excellent day out.

“Thank you all for raising awareness of the vital work we do.”

Coach Arshad Khan from Serving Humanity added, “It’s been inspiring walking alongside young and old today and it’s been a learning experience for all.

“Thanks to the efforts of everyone here today we have raised awareness of not only the status of orphans but what we need to do as a global community to support them.

“The Coronavirus pandemic has shown us how vulnerable we really are, but also inspired us to make the most of our lives in the most positive way possible. Well done everybody for taking off today.”

#lonelyorphans #theanfieldtourist  #thewanderinglondoner‬, 



Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Corona Chronicles - Football against Hunger!


I completed two cycles in two boroughs today with over 20k clocked for my Lonely Orphans #100Mile challenge. I met up with Chris at Dagenham & Redbridge FC to collect my weekly shop and deliver ro three mental health patients.

In the grand scheme of things I’m like a goal hanger. There’s a lot of people in the background working ten times harder to make this magic happen.

Each recipient I visit tells me they do have food but they’re always short and often hungry. The support of our local Foodbanks have firstly been a great source of support for many individuals and families who have been shielding, isolating, homebound and Covid positive. 

Secondly, the significant roles played by volunteer led Foodbanks during this pandemic have really shown the great the depth of poverty is within our communities. 

From my frontline experience I can comfortably say that although we have the visible recipients at soup kitchens and Foodbanks, there are huge numbers of others who are simply too shy to reach out and ask for help. Instead they suffer in silence until someone kind hearted notices, offers help or refers them on. 

The three people I deliver to on a Tuesday would not be known to the Hedgecock Community Centre Foodbank or the Barking & Dagenham Food Network had their mental health nurses not contacted me directly. 

Then there’s the issue of provisions and without the co-ordination of Nighat Bhola and Humdum Foodbank we would have no network to collect food from. 

This is community service at its very best.

John the Hammer was sitting on his doorstep when I did my last drop. He spotted my LFC trackie and scoffed, “Is there a fancy dress party nobody told me about?”

I love my community!



Monday, July 20, 2020

The Corona Chronicles - A coach’s life!


We have a phenomenal group of youngsters with some seriously impressive sporting acumen.

Personally, I’m enjoying the carefree atmosphere of coaching the little ones again. They’re harder work but we make sessions seriously fun, so unlike the adults there’s very rarely any tantrums, mood swings, back chat, lack of appreciation or abuse.

The role of a grassroots coach isn’t dissimilar to that of a teacher or mentor. We are in a privileged position to positively shape lives and instil sound universal values. 

However it can be very hard work and lonely too. You need bulletproof skin too.

The difference in a lot of grassroots community coaching is that the role is often unpaid or has very little financial rewards. There’s zero opportunity for development and often inaccessible due to things like cost.

Most coaches aren’t money oriented so many establishments know they’re onto a winner either way.

We ensure parents are there to watch and appreciate the hard work that goes in from everybody. We welcome the positive feedback we receive and it really brightens our day to see such great progress from our little ones.

I’d take that any day over a foul mouthed, over the hill has been who lacks in conduct, manners and general class.

Here there’s no backbiting, backstabbing, plotting and scheming.

No spoilt Prima Donnas!

And that is remuneration enough!

#coronachronicles #thewanderinglondoner


80’s Retro Run: Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation


The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Retro Running Series will run throughout 2020. 

The team kickstarted the Retro Running Series back in June with the I love the 90s run, marking the decade the charity was founded. 

Next as voted by the supporters everyone is heading to the 80s which has been launched this month and will begin in August. The overall plan is to visit the remaining decades throughout October, November and January, with each decade giving the opportunity to earn a new and exclusive themed medal.

Anyone who raises or donates £25 will receive an exclusive I Love the 80s technical top at the end of August with your 80s medal.

Additionally, our readers can sign up to all five retro running races to receive the ultimate generation Retro Running medal at the end of the series, not only that but reach the minimum sponsorship target of £150.00 and you will receive an exclusive decade themed technical top, with your medal each month.

The Retro Running Series offers a chance to head back in time and relive your favourite decades. Not only are you keeping yourself healthy by running, you are helping us support those living with lung cancer.

If you would like to sign up for the Retro Running Series and take on the 90s, 80s and remaining decades throughout 2020, the registration fee is £30.00 and a minimum sponsorship target of £150.00. 

To reach the overall minimum sponsorship target, you will need to raise £30.00 per decade. Your registration fee covers, all five medals and your ultimate Retro Running medal at the end. 

If you raise the minimum sponsorship target, you will receive each decade’s exclusive themed technical tops with your medal at the end of the month.

Please note that all medals will be sent out at the end of August no matter when you complete the event, so anyone who completes their run at the start of the month please bear in mind your medal wont be posted until the end of August when the 80s run finishes.

Every supporter that takes part will receive access to the 80s event page, where you will find competitions, votes and more as well as the exclusive 80s retro medal once the run is complete.

When it comes to lung cancer, there are a lot of misconceptions. Many people presume lung cancer is a disease that only affects people who smoke, or who used to smoke. But the reality is if you have lungs you can get lung cancer, so it is really important to recognise the potential signs and symptoms, which include:

  • A persistent cough that lasts for three weeks or more (remember a cough doesn’t just mean Covid!)
  • Breathlessness
  • Unexplained tiredness
  • Repeat chest infections
  • Coughing up blood
  • Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
  • Chest or shoulder pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Wheezing or hoarseness
  • Clubbed fingers.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible, share your concerns and asked for an x-ray. When lung cancer is caught early, it can be treated and cured.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

The Corona Chronicles - Our homeless problem!


940 meals have been provided by Pasta Remoli for the benefit of local #homeless friends since we were introduced by Dulal Ahmed, Employment Services Manager at Crisis UK, and Greg Mangham, Only a Pavement Away.

I’ve also passed the halfway mark of my #100milechallenge for Lonely Orphans - Sponsored by East End Cycles.

The pasta we have received at our Hedgecock Community Centre Foodbank over the Coronaviris and UK lockdown period has fed almost a thousand homeless people in hostels as well as rough sleepers - A phenomenal achievement.

Dulu (Abdullah) and I have focussed on young people too through our outreach services. 

A report by youth homelessness charity Centrepoint has revealed that young people at risk of homelessness are being told by some councils to sleep rough in order to be housed in emergency hotel and hostel accommodation during the pandemic.

The shocking report has demonstrated how young people have been forgotten in recent government homelessness guidance and planning, as young people contacting  the charity’s helpline said they were given no other choice but to sleep rough in order to access emergency accommodation provided by councils during the lockdown.

In recent months and during the lockdown Government support was focused on older rough sleepers, those who have spent years on the streets, without the nuanced consideration of the specific needs of young people.

Previously only 1/3 of Centrepoint’s young people had slept rough before the pandemic, but the number of people calling the Centrepoint helpline who are sleeping rough has doubled within three months. A leading cause of this has been family breakdown, where young people are made to leave home quickly without a transition in place due to strict lockdown laws and concerns of spreading COVID-19 to friends who would previously have offered couch surfing.

#homelessness #theanfieldtourist #hospitalityagainsthomelessness #thewanderinglondoner

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Corona Chronicles - A socially distanced celebration of outstanding student achievements!


It was a pleasure to celebrate outstanding student achievements and to be a part of the fantastic end of year awards at the London Enterprise Academy. I thoroughly enjoyed engaging with the parents, students, teachers, staff under the watchful eye of Mr Goni sir.

We celebrated countless achievements in academic subjects, extra curricular activities, awesome citizenship, attendance, excellence in the community and dedication to education throughout the global pandemic.

As a volunteer at the school since it started I’m really pleased to see that alongside the focus on attaining an excellent  education the children are constantly encouraged to be positively active in their communities.

I also got myself a new mentee today and we’ll be working together on his sporting development opportunities in the next academic year.

Well done to all pupils and staff for working so hard each day to make a difference.

It was refreshing to be involved again. The pandemic has been really busy for me but mostly I’ve worked solo and at one point it seemed interaction of this type would be a long time in the waiting.

It was great being part of a strictly socially distanced award ceremony with the teachers and delicious lunch and catch up with the super kitchen staff.

This is a period of our history that will define many of us and it’s marvellous how the school has not only supported pupils onsite, but also those at home, shielding families and also vulnerable community members. The spirit within has burned bright.

Thanks to the Evertonian for the invite.

Wishing every dedicated teacher, pupil, support staff the very best for the future. 

#thewanderinglondoner



Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Corona Chronicles - Thank you Mandarin Oriental!


It’s a wrap!

1,097 meals served to #homeless friends with Marie-Elise and her marvellous team at Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London.

What a partnership it’s been!

Today was our very last food pick up which we delivered to The Whitechapel Mission. It has been such a pleasure working so closely with such community focussed people over the course of lockdown and the Coronavirus pandemic so far, facilitated by Dulal Ahmed from Crisis UK, Jeni Edwards and Greg Mangham, Only A Pavement Away.

Our homeless service has included those sleeping rough on the streets even during lockdown. I’ve discovered whilst cycling that there are still lots of homeless people who aren’t even aware of hostels made available for them.

What an amazing effort it’s been- Thank you Mandarin Hotel and the very best of luck with your grand reopening next week.

Thank you Muhammed Ali cabbie for the marvellous support every single week! You are a credit to your profession and all a London Black Taxi drivers.

Now that’s what you call a Happy Meal! Watch the video HERE!


Monday, July 13, 2020

The Corona Chronicles - East End Cycles taking care of business!


#bookbikelondon visited The Welcome Project, The Healthy Living Project, Ilford with toys from Pastor Obi Onyeabor, Barking Foodbank, #PlayLondon, Barking Elim Church.

The BD Food Network are a shining example of projects pooling together to serve as one and every community consortium in the world should adopt or follow this prototype method. Barking & Dagenham may have little resources but excellent networking, togetherness and support.

bookbike london is a free community service. We spread happiness on a cycle.

I am well into my Lonely Orphans 100 challenge and was rewarded with a very nice gesture from my sponsor East End Cycles to help me reach my financial target for orphans for Eid.

My #100mile challenge is coming along nice and I hope to be done and dusted well before the end of the month.

East End Cycles is a very small firm with a very big heart and I am very happy to support them as they have supported me. I have a smart new shirt too for this important campaign.

If anybody wishes to provide clothes, toys, foodpacks for Lonely Orphans Eid appeal for Indonesian orphans please do consider a small donation.

Please consider using Hussain and the East End Cycles team for your cycling needs. Their generosity in supporting such a noble cause surely deserves community backing.


#theanfieldtourist #thewanderinglondoner


Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Corona Chronicles - Crisis Text Milestone


A proud milestone for me as a Crisis Volunteer after engaging 500 texters.

I was introduced to this service by my little sister and after completing my training I have been engaging with people in crisis since December, with issues ranging from suicide, isolation, depression, anxiety, sexual/physical/mental abuse, any painful emotion which needs support. 

It’s hugely important that frontline volunteers take time to do things they enjoy, read book, run, walk, cycle, do a word search, engage in a hobby or pastime. 

The people around them can help by simply keeping in touch and taking an interest. Beyond that big happy smile and the tough exterior there may be a myriad of emotions simmering beliw the surface of which we have no idea. 

People who are frontline usually feel they have to stay strong for the rest. The very least we should do is make them feel valued through a simple text, call, a nice comment - It makes a big difference. 

Volunteers are the backbone of community services so well done to all who work tirelessly day in, day out to support friends, family, neighbours, complete strangers.

Shout is the first free 24/7 texting service in the UK for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere and is available in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

Crisis Volunteers like me answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm one through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning.

If the new normal is hard, or you’re experiencing a personal crisis, unable to cope, and need support, text Shout to 85258.‬

#shout85258 #coronachronicles #theanfieldtourist #thewanderinglondoner