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I am cycling 100 miles to raise money for Shelter because of a man named John who lives in this bus shelter

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  • Team members: Karen Powell and Kevin Parker
  • Event: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 2017, 30 Jul 2017

Shelter

We support people at risk of homelessness to make sure there's a home for everyone

Charity Registration No. 263710

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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

I have to be honest... I signed up for Ride100 because I thought it would be fun (more on that later) but what charity should I ride for? It was back in cold foggy February that I started swimming regularly at Hampton pool... passing this bus shelter and John. It was his third winter living there and I was worried about him – he looked really down. 

He has a roof over his head, sure, but there is no glass in the windows and a wall is missing! When the sun sets there are no lights except from passing cars and nowhere to dry out after the rain (even bin liners don't keep it out). This for seven days a week, 365 days a year, for three years.

He's a lovely guy. He never accepts money or food (believe me, I've offered) and is great to chat to (please say hello if you ever pass by). We talk about all sorts: sport, travel and food (one of his favourite topics). I have no idea what tragic events have led him to this situation and are keeping him there. All I know for sure is that it's a brutal existence that nobody deserves. I can't help John but it would mean a lot to me to raise some money for Shelter so they can help other people in his situation. I'm asking for just a tenner from each of my friends.

If that isn't enough to tug at your heart strings then take pity on me –just google 'saddle sores' as I had to do after a four hour (50 mile) training ride. And that's only half the distance... fun, my a*se!

Thanks for reading, Steph x

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