Due to the Covid pandemic, we have concluded that there is no way we can safely operate a Night Shelter this year. The numbers of people sleeping rough in Slough has decreased significantly, in large part down to the successful efforts of the housing and outreach teams at Slough council in finding accommodation for those who were put up in hotels during lockdown. We have a project in place where we have leased two houses from the council to accommodate a number of rough sleepers without recourse to public funds. We may expand this project and will continue to provide B&B accommodation for vulnerable people where we can. In addition we have a new project about to launch in Slough in partnership with M&S where we will have an outlet to distribute surplus food from their stores to those in need . This will be situated in central Slough and we will need volunteers to help run it. I will send more details as soon as we are ready to launch. We continue to rely on your support and I would like to thank you for all your hard work over the last 7 years on the Night shelter project; you have helped hundreds of people find shelter and support.
Looking at the past week, as ever there has been lots of activity at the Run: dinners and breakfasts cooked, donations made, volunteers laughing in the face of Storm Dennis as they delivered Sunday lunch! The Twitter feed captures this on a daily basis, but its worth highlighting that many hands make the Runs and Shelter work. Again, many thanks to the churches, St Mary’s, St Augustine’s, Slough Baptist, Christ The Worker, St George’s, Holy Family, St Andrews & St Josephs, as well as Slough Outreach, Burnham Fish & Chips, Hilton Hotels, and The National Trust!
On a very wet, but thankfully mild night, on the 23rd of November, approximately 60 people participated in the Slough Sleepout for the Homeless.
As a result of the Sleepout, almost £20K has been raised, every penny of which will be used to fund the Slough Winter Night Shelter for the homeless. The Shelter opens from mid-December 2019 until the 5th April 2020 and typically accommodates 40-50 people, providing a warm and safe environment along with good food, companionship and care.
Will Mellor, Patron for The London and Slough Run, officially opened the event, Tan Dhesi, outgoing Labour MP, addressed the audience congratulating them on their efforts and the Mayor of Slough was also in attendance on the night.
Thank you once again for your kind support and if you need any further information regarding this event or in relation to the work of The London and Slough Run, please do not hesitate to ask.
With best regards as always.
The London and Slough Run
Saturday 23rd November 2019!!
Sleeping bags at the ready, can you do it??
As the Four Mikes 2019 Tour wraps up, and the participants fly or drive home (thankfully not cycling back – phew), some thoughts have been sent by Mike Carney and Mike Burton. So without further ado…
From Mike Carney:
This journey to Rome was meant to be flatter but longer than the Via Francigena of 2016. However, we had not reckoned on the location of the hotels chosen by Malcolm and the difficulty of following the Saint Francis Way. Had we followed the road from Padua to Rome, not only would it have been be more flat, but the desired side trips (to Hockenheim and Modena) produced a 97 mile detour of which the last ten miles were a climb steeper than Joiners Lane in CSP. On this trip, we cycled over 1400 miles and climbed over 60,000 feet. As every parent or guardian knows, kudos from sons and daughters does not come freely…. so to receive a text from my daughter saying ‘wow that is impressive!’ is praise indeed. I just think there must be an easier way of getting it!
From Mike Burton:
Having finished the trip and celebrated our arrival in Rome, it is only fitting that we should spare a thought for the machinery that has helped us along our way.
Firstly, Lydia the Trusty Transit has coped flawlessly with all the steep hills and winding streets to and from our hotels. The minor wing-mirror damage inflicted by Malcolm is hardly noticeable, and he only hit unoccupied vehicles so it doesn’t count. Her dash-cam served as an extra cameraman to capture all six of us riding together on our short day to Assisi. Rather than publishing this footage on the blog we have saved it for later, so make sure you come to the slide-show evening. Not only this but the dash-cam caught red-handed the perpetrator of a nasty crash, who tried to claim the young lady he hit was on the wrong side of the road. Luckily no serious injuries, and the evidence was greatly appreciated.
Denise’s satnav helped Lydia to find all of our hotels, in spite of people arguing with her and on at least one occasion directly disobeying her. And she never complained, though I’m sure I detected a raised and slightly impatient tone on the times we chose to know better than her.
I had high hopes for my new [tame] orange gravel bike, designed to take tough treatment like this. Three punctures and a cracked rim during the Germany-to-Rome ride section was not ideal; she was put to shame by the other bikes, and to quote my school teachers “could do better”.
Father Michael’s Specialised Allez could put in a good speed, but in spite of being nurtured along by his delicate caring hands, the rear brakes hit self-destruct and denied Father Michael the well deserved pleasure of a speedy descent down the Dolomites towards Florence.
Mick Claridge honed, tweaked, tuned and lightened his Forme Stealth Black Shadow extra-light [note: it is a bike, not a fighter jet ] to within an inch of its life, hence the amazing 53 mph top speed he achieved on descending from the Brener Pass. But unfortunately it did let Mick down once, exploding both the rear tube AND tyre. Luckily the support crew were nearby!
Which just leaves the Carney machine, completing the full distance from his house in Chalfont St Peter all the way to the seat of St Peter in Rome, with no failures at all. His tender care probably helped, at one point as we completed a very bumpy section he sounded almost distraught with concern as he dodged the bumps and stones saying “Ahh promisssed er ahh woodnt tek er uver any boompy roobish or owt” .
The Tour is raising money for the London & Slough Run; you can make a donation at: