On Sunday 30th July, Simon, Colin, Tom, Nick, Gareth, & Henry will be setting off at 6am to tackle the challenging 100 mile bike ride from the Olympic Park in Stratford out through to the Surrey hills and back into London to finish on The Mall. The course has 3 of Surrey's famous climbs of Newland's Corner, Leith Hill and Box Hill, and is famed for allowing amateur riders to follow the (almost) same route as the one used in the London 2012 Olympics. ...Thankfully we don't have to climb Box Hill 9 times!
We are riding for the great charity - Cardboard citizens - who are the first point of call for over a thousand people every year – young people and adults who have nowhere to turn, no place to go, no bed to sleep in, and abandoned by society. For 25 years Cardboard Citizens pioneering and creative approach has supported some of societies most disadvantaged and neglected. The demand for their work is increasing every day, with more referrals than ever and the risk of homelessness in London at its greatest. In the past five years alone homelessness has risen by 55% in England - affecting young people and adults from every conceivable background – professionals working in the city facing redundancy to families forced into living on the fringes of society and without anywhere to turn. They use theatre to help support, equip and upskill those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to progress and move forward into happier futures.
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