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Sunday 7th July marked the first event for Carries Home Foundation as a registered charity. Julian Lebby and his wife, Fiona, very kindly offered to put together a team of keen cyclists to complete the longer distance of 100k, earlier this year to get the wheels of fundraising going for Carrie’s cause. Ride Reigate 2019 marked the first event of its kind held in Reigate, Surrey this year and was organised by Run Series, the award-winning team behind the Intersport Run Reigate and British Airways Run Gatwick.

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In London alone there are as many as 12,500 people who don’t always have a place to call home but are hidden from official statistics. These people are referred to as the 'hidden homeless' and 1 in 10 people will experience this per year, but this gorwing issue shouldn't be hidden at all.

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This year, a team is being brought together for the new Ride Reigate event to raise funds for Carrie’s Home Foundation. Ride Reigate offers you three scenic bike rides on open roads around the less travelled parts of Surrey and West Sussex countryside.

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We are all aware of the increasing number of homeless people. Not only are we seeing more people sleeping in shop doorways and under bridges, but barely a day passes when we are not reminded of the issue of lack of social housing and temporary accommodation. Writing in the opening week of the Grenfell inquiry this topic is particularly poignant.

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The truth about homelessness and the so called ‘Hidden Homeless’

The sights of someone sleeping rough in a shop door way or under a bridge are, sadly all too familiar today. As recently as February this year, a ‘Homeless man dies on the steps of Parliament’ was a front-page news headline. Hidden Homelessness however, is an issue not so many are aware of, it is however, a huge problem and on the increase.

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Sharing kindness promotes dignity. It gives people a lift in a time of need.

Homelessness and poverty is with us. Sometimes it’s hidden and other times it’s in plain sight. However, whenever we encounter it, it always stirs a response from each of us. But more often than not, it can catch us when we are unprepared. Feeling a bit awkward, not ready to give our best response, sometimes we walk on by. It’s a dreadful feeling, but we have all done it.

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