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Updated on Jan 24th 2013 at 11:10 PM from the JustGiving API

On Saturday night I volunteered on the SOS Bus, it was a fairly quiet evening, but sub zero temperatures. I was talking to 4 homeless people that were on the high street despite the cold, and went searching for one other that is known to have an infected injury. Chalkwell Methodist in addition to those we met, put up 27 more homeless that night, 3 of which were under 25. I am starting to see myself the scale of homelessness in Southend. Please help raise as much as possible.

Updated on Jan 22nd 2013 at 8:25 PM from the JustGiving API

My Nan has been a star and got £72 from her friends. Please support me to sleep rough too. Please just pick up your phone for homeless young people and Text YMCA88 £5 to 70070. Every penny raised will be matched by RBS, with gift aid your £5 donation turns into £11! Thank you.

I have been working for Southend YMCA for three years. I started before that as a volunteer. In the time I have been here, I see the difference that they make in peoples lives, from providing supported accomodation for young people that find themselves homeless to providing education and training to help them back into employment. 

The work done by a brilliant team can often be hard, some people don't recognise when they need help, but the persistance and dedication means that real differences are made in young peoples lives in Southend and the surrounding areas. In the 18 years they've been running, so many still don't know about the work they do - it's time that changed. 

Please sponsor me in taking part in this event, it will be cold, possibly wet, and not comfortable, but I will sleep rough for 12 hours so that others don't have to.

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Finally, thanks to your generosity, I won an award for top individual fundraiser - (see my pictures). This is for you guys.

03/03/13 23:22

I've never been so grateful to have a home, a family, and people to turn to in times of trouble. A warm bed, hot food and friends. Clean clothes, a shower and a job. What an eye opener was last night.

03/03/13 23:21

What an amazing event. Everyone that took part was brilliant and very well organised! Thank you to EVERYONE that sponsored me. :) There's still time for those that haven't.

03/03/13 23:21

I'll be on BBC Essex about 4:50 on drive time today talking about Sleep Easy for Southend YMCA. Tune in at www.bbc.co.uk/essex,103.5 & 95.3FM and DAB :)

22/02/13 15:38

I would like to thank the Rotary Club of Westcliff-on-Sea who have donated £250 to my fundraising efforts.

06/02/13 16:07

Raising money for

Southend-on-Sea YMCA

Southend-on-Sea YMCA

Charity Registration No. 1102837

Southend YMCA enables vulnerable young people to rebuild their confidence, increase their employability and restore their self esteem. We provide supported housing, education and use music, art, sport and catering projects to effectively help over 1,000 young people a year in the Southeast of Essex.

Donations 29

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Donation by Steph Johnson on 04/03/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 04/03/13

£4.00

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Good cause, Mike. Hope it goes as well as it can.

Donation by Pete Blanchard on 02/03/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck guys

Donation by Elliott Waters on 02/03/13

£3.00

+ £0.75 Gift Aid

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Donation by Andy Williamson on 02/03/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Go mike go!

Donation by Brad Moss on 27/02/13

£3.00

+ £0.75 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 26/02/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 22/02/13

£1.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 22/02/13

£1.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 22/02/13

£1.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 22/02/13

£1.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 22/02/13

£1.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 22/02/13

£1.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 22/02/13

£1.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 22/02/13

£1.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 22/02/13

£2.00

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Keep up the good work Mike.

Donation by Tim Palmer on 10/02/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done mate! A very just cause. All the best, Terry SoS

Donation by TERRY Sm on 09/02/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good on you Michael-very worthy cause

Donation by Lynn Rhodes on 04/02/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Some more pounds to the cause! :D

Donation by David Cheung on 02/02/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Here you go buddy, enjoy yourself!

Donation by Tom Moulton on 01/02/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Mike!

Donation by Tony Prior on 26/01/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 24/01/13

£5.00

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Best of luck and keep warm - take a bottle

Donation by Ian Flack on 23/01/13

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Donation by Anonymous on 15/01/13

£3.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£135.00
  • Offline donations£580.00
  • Text donations£40.00
  • Total raised£755.00
  • Gift Aid£36.50

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