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Trio set to take on triathlon to tackle homelessness

Two of our directors, Gary Davison and Darryl Wilkes, have joined forces with semi-professional triathlete Ian Dempsey in order to raise vital funds for HomeLess One, a charity that works seven days a week to bring hot meals and drinks to the homeless community in Birmingham.

The trio will take on a leg each of the Birmingham Triathlon on Sunday, 16 June, committing to the monster Olympic and relay circuit that will involve a 1,500 metre swim, a 40 kilometre cycle and a 10 kilometre run.

The triathlon will mark the official launch of QualitySolicitors Davisons’ year-long fundraising campaign for HomeLess One, spurred on by a report that Birmingham has one of the worst homelessness rates in the country.

According to a damning report by Shelter, Birmingham is ranked 22nd nationally for the number of people experiencing homelessness and is the worst region across the West Midlands. Homelessness levels are rising, with 15,538 people now homeless in Birmingham – or one in 73.[1]

Figures released by the CHAIN database revealed that Birmingham has the fourth-most rough-sleepers in England (91 people), behind Westminster (306), Camden (141) and Manchester (123). The death of Birmingham city centre rough sleeper Kane Walker in January reflects a rising trend in the number of people who have died on the streets or in temporary accommodation in England and Wales, which in 2017 was up 24% in five years.[2]

Homelessness does not just apply to rough sleepers, it also encompasses those in temporary accommodation and those experiencing ‘hidden’ homelessness, where people have accommodation but it is unsuitable or overcrowded.

QualitySolicitors Davisons Managing Director Gary Davison and Director Darryl Wilkes said the figures are alarming and “this fundraising campaign is a great opportunity to help address the issue through the amazing work local charity HomeLessOne is already doing”. 

Throughout the year, the team also plan to take part in the Cannon Hill Park sleepover event, the Black Country Half Marathon, Birmingham Half Marathon and will host a masquerade gala in November.

Anyone interested in making a donation to our fundraising campaign for HomeLess One can visit our JustGiving page

 

[1] Charlotte Paxton, ‘One in 73 people now 'homeless' in Birmingham - devastating figures reveal’, BirminghamLive (2 November 2018) https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/one-73-people-now-homeless-15446599

[2] Patrick Butler and Robert Booth, ‘Rough sleeping and overcrowding figures prompt calls for action’, The Guardian (31 January 2019) https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/31/rough-sleeping-rises-in-nearly-all-englands-major-cities-london-birmingham

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