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Sign up for the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge and raise funds for your favourite charity

Andy Winter's Blog

We have opened registration for our unique cycling fundraiser taking place on July 1st 2018.  This year participants can fundraise for any charity of their choice, and I would encourage you to get a team together for your organisation.

BHT has teamed up with The Living Coast to create the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge comprising three exciting cycling experiences allowing for all levels of fitness.

BHT’s Around the World Cycle Challenge is a family friendly event taking place the Preston Park Velodrome. This challenge starts at 7am and runs throughout the day, with cyclists aiming to reach the combined target of 69,215 laps (equating to cycling 40,075km around the world) in just 12 hours! Laps can be completed in one session or over a number of sessions throughout the day and there are designated slots for families and club cyclists. Refreshments will be available throughout the day and there…

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Keeping rough sleepers alive over the winter, and throughout the year

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(This item first appeared in the Brighton and Hove Independent on Friday 23rd March 2018)

The worst of the winter weather is over, I hope. Rough sleeping is dangerous at any time of the year, but more so in severe weather.

The average life expectancy for a homeless man is 47 years, for a homeless woman it is just 43. Homeless people are 35 times more likely to take their own lives than the rest of the population, and 4 times more likely to die from unnatural causes.

In this day and age, in one of the richest cities in one of the richest countries in the world, it is wrong that anyone is living on the streets. It is unforgivable that anyone should die there.

Yet people have and do die, but these deaths are, fortunately, not common. But one death is one death too many. There would have…

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Shelter for homeless gathering momentum

From The Argus

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Campaigners and organisations in the city have come together to offer support to a new night shelter for rough sleepers.

It was recently revealed that the former police headquarters Sussex House, in Crowhurst Road, Brighton, has been offered up by developer Simon Lambor, of Matsim Properties, as a night shelter.

M&S Food in Hollingbury has now pledged to offer food from the store to those using the shelter when it opens.

Craig Taylor, store manager of M&S Carden Avenue food hall, said: “I think this is a great idea and a welcome one to the local community.

“I would like to offer my support for the plan and would also like to let the public know that as part of our Plan A commitment we donate our products that are in date but going out of date that day to local charities, therefore reducing waste going into bins.”

Dex Allen Fire Associates, based near Polegate, has offered to carry out a fire risk assessment of the building and The Big Lemon and Brighton and Hove Buses are offering free bus travel for homeless people to the shelter.

Brighton Housing Trust and St Mungo’s are putting together a proposal for the management of the shelter, including support to help people move to a life away from the streets.

Tom Druitt, a Green Party councillor who suggested the council should open its unused buildings as night shelters, has been helping to co-ordinate the project.

He said: “We are planning an eight-week pilot project and have identified that we will need approximately £30,000 to prepare and operate the shelter over that period.

“We are calling on anyone with fundraising experience or funds available to support us to get in touch.”

Residents have also offered their services to help decorate, clean and provide fridges, freezers and cookers so the shelter can feed people and the project can run smoothly.

The state of rough sleeping in Brighton and Hove

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(This is the text of my column that first appeared in the Brighton Argus on Saturday 14th January 2017)

img_4847Twenty five years ago, those ending up on the streets were usually care leavers, ex-military, women escaping violence and abuse, people with mental health problems and/or addictions.

Today the picture is almost the same. Only the numbers are greater, and there is a new group: those becoming homeless because of the end of assured shorthold tenancies and the lack of alternative, affordable homes.

There is a perception that the numbers on the streets has grown significantly over the last three years. I don’t believe that to be the case.

The recent count of rough sleepers suggested a 100% increase in their numbers over twelve months. As Cllr. Clare Moonan, who is leading the work in the City Council to end rough sleeping in the city by the end of the decade…

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