If you’d bear with me…

What a great charitabke idea to start the new year with!


… I want to ask a favour of each of you.

2015-12-29 21.47.48 The volunteers after the last shift

I love London, a sprawling mismatch of a city with everything good and bad about it that you will find anywhere people, lots of people, live cheek by jowl.

And, as with every city, in amongst its citizens are those who fall through the cracks.

2015-12-29 15.50.25 we have elections for the London Mayor this May so each candidate will be bombarded by Crisis and we volunteers with these pictures. Here we have the Conservative candidate, Mr Goldsmith…

For several years now I’ve volunteered at Christmas to work for a UK homeless charity called Crisis. Set up in 1967 with a view to ending the shame of homelessness it still runs. Indeed it is, and the need for it is, bigger than ever.

2015-12-29 15.50.46 … and the Labour candidate Sadiq Khan

It functions throughout the…

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22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lbeth1950
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 14:41:37

    Thanks. The homeless need an answer.

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  2. charlypriest
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 12:03:27

    That´s nice of you to volunteer your time for the homeless. Being a former one myself, I do remember getting the hot chocolate with bunck of cookies in the winter, it sure came in handy and not so much the hot chocolate but also seeing the volunteers, although the shame was there in me.

    You´re a good gal.

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    • Ritu
      Jan 01, 2016 @ 12:30:25

      I wish I could take credit for volunteering… One day I will. But this was an article by a fellow blogger Geoff LePard.



      • charlypriest
        Jan 01, 2016 @ 12:47:47

        I tend to miss things when shifting through a bunch of blogs, well, in that case I will say( and it sounds harsh) that myself I really don´t have much pitty for the homeless. I got there because of bad choices, the people I met and still see them, are there because most of them want to, the other day I met a guy I hadn´t seen in months, who is homeless and I met him while I was on the streets. I told him about a job I had aligned to do, not much, just cleaning some shit from a horse stable (literally), so I told the guy if he wanted some money, and he just encountered him as he came out of church, not in church, but out of it when people go inside or leave he may get 5 euros in a couple of hours. Anyways, I tell him that, he asks me for money, I tell him that I´ll give him a couple of Euros for food, I tell him about a place that you can rent for 50 euros a month, if he wants to take advantage of that job in the horse stable, and in the afternnon where do I see him? As always in the park with the rest of the guys, drinking and taking drugs. So out I go to meet him, say a quick hello to the others since they obviously still remember me from the old days, all asking for money or cigarettes, and told the guy to give me back the 3 eruos I gave him early in the morning. It was for food and he just got 3 lines of coke with my money, so what happened later you can imagine, not a pretty sight, his face that is.

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      • Ritu
        Jan 01, 2016 @ 13:07:44

        Everyone has their reasons… Some are helpless, some are there because of their own silliness, but I guess we can’t tar all with the same brush


      • charlypriest
        Jan 01, 2016 @ 13:08:50

        Not all, but the in my experience the great majority

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      • Ritu
        Jan 01, 2016 @ 13:09:52

        Well, in all honesty I haven’t talked to many…


      • charlypriest
        Jan 01, 2016 @ 13:15:01

        They are humans Ritu, bunch of petty criminals in quite a lot of instances, others are not, they´re good people except their addiction gets the best of them but they won´t rob, just like in your world you find all types of good and bad people, same is there, although i should say that in the streets 99.9% of the time you gotta be very aware if you want to not get seriously injured or worst. But, as I said they do speak your same language, give it a try and be the good samaritan and go talk to the first homeless you encounter and later on tell me what how it went (be careful with your purse though) if good or bad 😉

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      • Ritu
        Jan 01, 2016 @ 14:22:19

        I might be brave one day!

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  3. TanGental
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 10:36:30

    Thank you so much for the reblog and spreading the message, Ritu!

    Liked by 1 person


  4. INCOMESCO / Jesi
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 09:35:42

    Wishing You a Very Happy New Year.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. New Journey
    Dec 31, 2015 @ 20:17:41

    Enjoyed all your post for 2016…no resolutions for me…just going to keep getting on with it….weight loss journey…..sounds like you have a plan…go for it…Happy New Year….kat

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  6. Erika Kind
    Dec 31, 2015 @ 17:58:31

    Thank you for sharing, sis. That is wonderful ☺

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