“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor” ~ James Baldwin
Did you know that 27% of rough sleepers have been on the streets for 2 years or more?
The Whitechapel Mission is dedicated to providing a lifeline to the men and women caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds, and to see their lives transformed to hope, joy and lasting productivity.
It was my seventh run for the Mission. Running conditions for today were perfect. As it is Ramadan I have observed the fast today. It was cool, dark and slightly drizzly. Last year it was 28 through to 32 degrees. My favourite part of the race was bumping into the legendary Tony Stevens of the Daneford Trust. We shared a quick chat and a selfie. The likes if good old Tony are what spur young whippersnappers like me into shape.
This year it was much easier and as I type this blog an hour before breaking fast I'm still not thirsty, nor have I had any headaches. In fact I've enjoyed a normal day out and about and am now getting ready to watch the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.
The Whitechapel Mission is an amazing charity that is dedicated to offering a lifeline to the some of the most marginalised people in our community.
102,586 breakfasts have been served during this year, an average of 281 a day. 5123 different people have used the services during this year.
The Mission's goal is to help people to help themselves, giving them the confidence they need to become independent, which we do through practical support and advice and by teaching them the life skills they need to succeed.
Staff at the Mission believe everyone deserves a chance, regardless of their background, race or religion.
They are open every day of the year and expect to see as many as 300 homeless and vulnerable men and women each day. And we do this without any public funding at all.
All of us who volunteer and give a little time to the Mission know that we can, and are, making a positive and lasting difference to the homeless who ask for our help.
I will be ruining next year. It would be a pleasure if you joined me too.