London 2 Brighton Cycle
Calling all cyclists! West London Day Centre has 10 places in the annual London 2 Brighton Cycle Ride!
Where: London (starting point) / Brighton (finish line)
When: Sunday 11th September
Event type: Cycling
Don your lycra and put your pedals to the test all the while raising much needed funds for WLDC. On Sunday 11th September, thousands of cyclists will depart from Clapham Common. Heading South through idyllic British countryside, join us and tackle the 54 mile route to Britain’s favourite seaside town of Brighton! The spirit of this event is taking part, not winning – go as slow or fast as you like, all the while taking in the picturesque scenery on your way. The route will take you through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead and Haywards Heath. Cyclists will put their legs to the test at Ditchling Beacon before heading on to the Brighton seafront for the finish line.
In 2014/2015, we supported 1,632 different homeless people, 704 of whom saw the NHS Health Team and we helped 302 people into housing. In the month of May this year our Advice Team helped 21 people off the streets and into housing, as well as 6 into paid employment. With an average of 100 homeless people accessing our drop in advice service five mornings a week, we rely on fundraisers to continue this much-needed work.
What we ask from you
The organisers ask for a £40 registration fee, which will cover:
- A delicious buffet lunch
- Training guidance
- Medical and mechanical support and crew along the way
- Water stops en route
- Full route signage
- Rider number and information pack sent prior to the day
- Dedicated fundraising support from WLDC fundraising team, including a bespoke fundraising guide and the all-important WLDC cycling vest!
We don’t ask for a minimum fundraising amount for our London 2 Brighton places, but here’s what £250 can provide for a homeless person:
- Access to the drop-in service five mornings a week, including a hot breakfast, a shower, luggage, laundry and clothing services
- An initial assessment by one of our Project Workers through a one-to-one interview
- Liaison with the benefits agency
- Referrals into accommodation
- A follow up interview and assistance with our Advice Service team to help them move in
- Resettlement support, which can include:
- Providing a service user with basic kitchen utensils like plates, mugs, and a food parcel containing necessities such as sugar, tinned foods and tea
- Bedding and other essential items – often people we are able to move into accommodation have been homeless with nothing but a few personal items. Our resettlement support ensures they can begin the new stage in their lives with all the requirements needed to build a home
- Post-settlement care, including updates with the Project Workers on how their new situation is getting on
To register please contact Chloe on email@example.com and 020 7569 5914