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Tessa Gooding

Thames Trek for 999 Club

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My story

[p]On Saturday 27 October, I'm walking 52km along the South Thames Path for the 999 Club.[/p][p]The 999 Club is a charity in Deptford providing shelter, healthcare, advice and support to homeless people in South London - they do really great much-needed work.[/p][p]Setting off at 7am, I'll be walking from Teddington Lock to the Thames Barrier. My dog Thali (a rescue from Mauritius) will be joining me for as much as he can manage – he may need a long nap in the middle![/p][p][b]The 999 Club and homelessness[/b][/p][p]With just 13 members of staff and over 50 regular volunteers, the 999 club runs The Gateway on Deptford Broadway, a drop-in centre that gives rough sleepers the chance to eat, wash and do their laundry. It also provides a range of help with housing, benefits and employment to both rough sleepers and others experiencing homelessness. The charity also runs a night shelter helping rough sleepers make a permanent move off the streets.[/p][p]M recently benefited from the 999 Club’s support. He said, [i]"This is the first time for 18 months that I’ve been able to sleep with both eyes shut."[/i][/p][p]Official figures show that rough sleeping in England has grown year-on-year since 2010 by a staggering 169%. That’s thousands of people sleeping rough in what have recently been our coldest and hottest temperatures, day in, day out and the highest numbers on record – and rough sleeping is just the tip of the iceberg.[/p][p]4750 people are estimated to sleep rough each night in England, while 79,000 homeless families are in temporary accommodation provided by councils and among these, 123,000 are children. The 10 local authorities with the highest rates of homelessness, and 18 of the top 20, are in London, so the services provided by the 999 Club are vital.[/p][p][b]Please will you sponsor me to raise money for this worthy cause? [/b]Even £3 (the price of a coffee) from a few people will add up and help to make a difference, while £15 will buy a sleeping bag and £50 will pay for an advice and support session.[/p][p][b]The 999 Club and Urban Patchwork[/b][/p][p]As the co-director of a nearby estate agent social enterprise that launched in spring this year, I want to ensure Urban Patchwork helps meet more housing need through providing the same residential sales and lettings services that many agents provide but in the best way possible.[/p][p]We will be using the majority of our profits (alongside any reinvestment) for homeless housing and support but until we have profits we want to ensure we are making a real difference from the word go and we believe supporting the 999 Club (along with promoting good practice through our work) is the best way to do that. [/p][p]Tim Fallon, CEO of the 999 Club, said:[/p][p][i]“We’re really grateful to both Tessa and her brother Toby at Urban Patchwork for their tireless commitment to raising crucial funds to help homeless people in South London.[/i][/p][p][i]Donations are a significant part of our income and are invaluable in allowing us to run a day centre all year round and to providing housing advice, benefits support, skills workshops and guidance in finding work, which all help to empower vulnerable people to have a new start.”[/i][/p][p]I’m doing this particular challenge because I love walking with Thali and wanted to do something to raise money for this charity doing much-needed work in South London.[/p][p](Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on the 999 Club's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. They will also quickly process your donation and pass it to the 999 Club.)[/p][p][br][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

27 Oct 2018


Oct 29, 2018


Oct 29, 2018

Ellie Atefi

Well done and best of luck xx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 29, 2018

Love New Cross

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 28, 2018


Oct 27, 2018


Well done Tessa. An amazing achievement xx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 27, 2018


Well done!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 27, 2018


Good on you Tessa! 999 Club is a great charity changing people's lives. Homelessness has rocketed in past few years so charities like this ate needed note than ever

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 27, 2018

Soph xx

Best of luck!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 26, 2018

George and Christine

We hope you'll get a sense of achievement without blisters.

£32.00 plus £8.00 Gift Aid

Oct 26, 2018


Good luck Tessa, wish I could join you for some of it but George doesn't walk very fast yet!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid