A Camberwell charity, that fights criminal landlords, is being backed by Peckham cyclists on a gruelling 100 mile ride, writes Anisha De…
Cambridge House, a national charity on Addington Square off the Walworth Road is joining hands with Peckham’s biggest cycle club to participate in this year’s RideLondon marathon.
Sixteen riders are scheduled to cycle through 100 miles through London and Surrey on July 29, following the 2012 Olympic route as part of Britain’s biggest cycling festival.
Cambridge House offers free expert legal advice, youth and disability empowerment programmes, independent advocacy, and an innovative tenants rights programme for the victims of criminal landlords.
Cambridge House Chief Executive Karin Woodley said: “We were set up to tackle Victorian levels of poverty, and this year we’ve seen some of the biggest challenges in our history. More and more families are struggling to make ends meet, needing specialist help to avoid homelessness and poverty.”
Demand for the charity’s services have increased as other local centres have closed, such as the Crossways Centre in Peckham which closed in 2015 due to funding cuts.
It sought out Peckham Cycle Club’s help to respond to some of the major challenges being faced by the community today, including protecting the rights of Windrush citizens and supporting young people at risk of involvement in violent crime, which has soared this year.
Alex Denise of Peckham Cycle Club said: “As a club, we feel strongly about supporting our local area in offering services that uplift and support those that need it. Every penny pledged will help build a stronger South London community and give hope and opportunity to those what would otherwise be forgotten.”
Peckham Cycle Club are kicking off their fundraising campaign with an ambitious goal of £10,500. Each cyclist has their own personal goal and a team JustGiving page has been set up to track their progress.
To donate go to https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/PCC