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Brighton YMCA

London to Brighton 2019

Riding 55 miles through beautiful countryside, once youre out of London!, to the finish line back in sunny (we hope) Brighton. Every penny raised will help change someone's life. Brighton YMCA - Ending homelessness, transforming lives.
London to Brighton Cycle Ride 2019
Closes on 10/31/2019
Charity Registration No: 800987

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The Challenge

Challenge yourself to ride 55 miles through beautiful countryside back to sunny (we hope) Brighton.

To support you in your challenge on event day you will receive a Brighton YMCA branded 'technical' t-shirt, free lunch, great support and roaming mechanics. You can even grab yourself a well-earned drink in the fully licensed event village at the finish line back in sunny (we hope) Brighton.

We ask that you commit to raising £150 (excluding registration fee and gift aid) to help support the work that Brighton YMCA undertakes. Every penny that you raise will help transform someones life.

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Why Support Brighton YMCA

Its hard to walk down the street in Brighton without seeing someone who's homeless. In 2017 Brighton had the 2nd largest homeless population in England.

People who are homeless have complex needs which require specialist support. At any one-time Brighton YMCA houses 306 vulnerable people. From those with very chaotic lives needing intensive support and wrap-around services, to those preparing for independent living.

Your donations enable us to provide accommodation, support, counselling and employment services to tackle underlying problems and stop the revolving door of homelessness.

The difference your donation makes - John's Story

John became homeless following an injury at work which left him with mobility issues, followed by redundancy. He cared for his Grandmother for a number of years whilst she had cancer.

I used to sleep in alleyways or in front of stores on the ground. Its quite frightening because you dont know who is around you or what could happen. ... Its frightening to be so open out on the streets. It can make you feel hopeless. Its scary at times.

Everyone just wants to be somewhere warm and with a roof over their head. There are so many places you cant be in the day or the night, everywhere becomes unwelcoming. It feels like youre someone whos lost somewhere. You dont know where youre going or where you can go for help, or even a shower.

John moved into Brighton YMCAs William Collier House where skill support workers provided support to gain valuable lifeskills, help with managing his depression and encouraged into volunteering to gain employability skills.

Once I found out about volunteering opportunities, I started to volunteer internally, within Brighton YMCA. Ive got lots of training through volunteering at Brighton YMCA on communication skills, professional boundaries, safeguarding It built my people skills.

John went onto volunteer with Albion in the community, British Heart Foundation and YMCA Downslink where he was awarded volunteer of the year. As Johns confidence and ability grew he was able to move to Brighton YMCAs lower supported accommodation to prepare for fully independent living.

Being homeless can sometimes feel like youve got no control. Im grateful that my support workers helped and nudged me in the right direction for me, and not just what they wanted me to do. Thats how I found the right thing for me to fit into.

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About the charity

Brighton YMCA
Brighton YMCA

We empower homeless people by providing housing and support and wrap-around services, to enable people to improve their wellbeing, gain skills and maximise their opportunities to rebuild their lives. We need your support to continue to provide these services. Please donate to support our cause.

Charity Registration No: 800987

http://www.brightonymca.co.uk

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London to Brighton 2019

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