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Riders for Robes support London’s rough sleepers

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    Cyclist Paul Thornton

As the capital gears up for RideLondon, the world-class festival of cycling, two riders from the Robes Project will strive to cover the same 100-mile route as last year’s great Olympians.

The cyclists Chris Bruce and Paul Thornton are taking on this challenge to raise essential funding for Robes, a Better Bankside Community Partner.

Chris Bruce commented, “We’re delighted to do this bike challenge to support rough sleepers in South London. If you think how cold it has been with temperatures as low as -7 °c, this project can make a real difference and save lives. Any money we raise will help people off the streets and into long-term housing, training and jobs.”

Paul Thornton became involved in the Robes Project through his association with the Ace of Clubs, a day centre for the homeless and vulnerable and one of the referring agencies for the night shelter. He started volunteering at the Ace of Clubs and was one of the founding members of the Ace Bike Club, establishing a workshop to repair bicycles. Paul is confident of the exciting challenge of RideLondon 100 raising valuable funding for the Robes Project.

About the Robes Project

From November to March the Robes Project accommodates dozens of people who are homeless in Lambeth and Southwark, providing a hot meal, somewhere to sleep and a hearty breakfast. This coming winter more than 20 church venues, backed by a huge team of 350 volunteers, will provide shelter, food and support for up to 20 guests a night. As well as short-term support during the winter, Robes will help guests to secure stable accommodation, along with training and employment opportunities. One guest said ‘I was able to start completely a new life, to get a job and soon after to afford the place to rent’.

The project costs approximately £80-£90,000 per year and this cycle ride will go towards this annual expenditure.

Chris Bruce’s fundraising page is

Paul Thornton’s fundraising page is

Jun 17 2013