As the end of 2015 approaches, and the time to decide upon new year's resolutions arrives with it, I have decided to abstain from alcohol for the whole of 2016 in order to raise money for this wonderful charity which arranges for church buildings to give shelter to the homeless during the cold winter months and intercepts food destined to be wasted to provide food for the hungry.
I am a professional busker so spend all of my working life playing music on the streets and consider myself part of the wider street community. I founded the Keep Streets Live Campaign to protect access to public space for the arts and have also campaigned against the criminalisation of rough sleeping and behaviours associated with homelessness and the vulnerably housed. As homelessness rises many local authorities have used new antisocial behaviour legislation to push vulnerable people out of the public spaces of our towns and cities. I think this is wrong and that public spaces belong to all of us as places to share, regardless of our socio-economic background or life circumstances.
I was deeply honoured to be asked to become a patron of Inn Churches recently and want to do everything in my power to support the work they do alongside some of the most vulnerable and often overlooked people in our society.
If you would like to join me on the sober wagon for 2016, or have other fundraising ideas, you too can be an 'everyday hero'. Get in touch with suggestions. Those of you who want to check on my sober progress, feel free to check in with my friends and family to see how well I'm doing. There will be a lot of sparkling water and lime and soda going on at social gatherings in 2016 :-)