I met Paula within the Buckingham Palace Grounds after completing the BUPA 10,000. Akik and I gave our snacks and post race goody and snack bags, mainly to save her the indignity of rummaging through the bins in front of thousands of tourists, runners and revellers.
It's moments like these that add some much needed perspective to the creature comforts most of us are used to yet still whine about at every given moment.
An annual “state of the nation” report by the charities Crisis and Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) revealed that the number of homeless people is rising sharply under the twin pressures of the shortage of housing and the impact of the Government's welfare reforms.
According to the study the number of those sleeping rough rose by six per cent in England (December 2013), and by 13 percent in London.
There's so much to do and I'm very pleased to be running next month for the homeless of the Whitechapel Mission. It's the most fabulous charity, gets no government funding and refuses absolutely no one. Readers who can support should get in touch.