By Carl Jackson Friday 16 August 2013 Updated: 16/08 10:50
A MAN currently on an epic journey around the UK to raise awareness of homelessness has visited Bromsgrove’s Basement Project.
Matt Fountain dropped in to the Hanover Street organisation on Monday (August 12) and vowed to help the group with its work supporting young people across North Worcestershire who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
He started his 2,000 mile ride in Portsmouth on July 30 and aims to reach Westminster by September 2 after visiting areas of Britain where residents are at the highest risk of becoming homeless including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Edinburgh.
Mr Fountain, who was once homeless himself with his family, is hoping to raise £100,000 for Shelter.
He has been put up by Gemma Parfitt in Studley for the Bromsgrove leg of his trip after appearing in the Standard two weeks ago appealing for a temporary place to stay.
Mr Fountain praised staff at the Basement Project following his visit.
“They work to the remit of 16 to 25-year-olds but never turn anyone away who comes in for help,” he said.
“They will do their most to get the person in a safe structure.
“With a team of just five they cover all of north Worcestershire and they’ve got they’re work cut out. They’re really quite amazing.”
He added he would like to return following his trip to help Basement with plans to convert a shed at the back of the property into a wet room which would be of particular benefit to disabled people.
Jackie Hooper, operations manager at Basement, said: “I certainly admire what he’s doing, it’s a tremendous bike ride across a substantial part of the country. He’s working very hard to raise awareness.”
Visit www.changehomeslessness.org for more information on Mr Fountain’s charity drive.
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