I'm raising money for a new bicycle

Why I’m using StreetChange fundraising for a bicycle

At the moment I have been working as a courier but my bike was stolen. I had saved up and got my bike second hand for £300. It was great because it helped me get a job, but now my bike has been stolen I can’t take the shifts. I am on a zero-hour contract so I only get paid if I can take the shifts. I am worried because the longer I can’t take shifts, the more difficult it is for me to pay my bills. I am really worried about becoming homeless again as I feel I’ve come so far over the last couple of years. I can borrow a bike from my friend when he isn’t working but if he is working then I can’t take any shifts.

If I could get a replacement bike it would make a massive impact on my life. I’d be able to get back into work and start earning money again. It would also help my mental health as I wouldn’t feel so stressed out all the time.

My Story

I came to the UK in 2006. I came to look for work to finance my studies. My family situation in Poland meant that I couldn’t afford to study without working as well and at the time wages in the UK were higher. I worked in the UK for nearly 8 years while studying physiotherapy part time. Then my boss didn’t pay me for a few months, this was during the recession, so I began to struggle to pay for the room I was renting. I sold my tools (I was working in construction) and then I sold my car to try to help but in the end I ended up homeless. I had to sleep on the streets for a while then I got into temp accommodation. Now thankfully, I have my own tenancy.

My goals moving forward

I would love to get a replacement bike and start taking on more shifts. Once I get back into working properly things will get easier.

I would also like to continue my physiotherapy studies as well. I will need to work for a bit longer before I can start doing this.

I’m running the Edinburgh Marathon this year for Bethany Christian Trust – they helped me a lot when I was rough sleeping and in temporary accommodation so I want to help them. I also love running marathons: when I was living on the streets I was always out running, it helped with my mental health as well as keeping me fit.

I would also like to start volunteering or working in addiction supports. I’ve known a lot of people who have struggled with addictions and I’d really like to help them.

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Jul 1
Somebody

Somebody made a £20 donation.

Jul 1, 2017 at 5:45pm

Sorry to hear about the bike David, hope this helps. Chuffed to bits to see that you are raising funds for Bethany, best of luck with the marathon. (Colin from the Care Van)

Jun 27
Somebody

Somebody made a £20 donation.

Jun 27, 2017 at 3:42pm

Best of luck! I'm rooting for you xx

Somebody

Somebody made a £20 donation.

Jun 27, 2017 at 7:42am

My son is homeless and is unable to climb out of his situation because of his drug use. I wish you all the best at remaining in work and mentally well.

May 31
Somebody

Somebody made a £40 donation.

May 31, 2017 at 2:47pm

I am so inspired by your story!Thank you so much for sharing :) I hope this helps you stay on your feet. Keep it up!

May 30
Somebody

Somebody made a £100 donation.

May 30, 2017 at 10:59am

I am a runner as well! It really helps your mind stay clear doesn't it? I hope you get back on your bike soon. Cheers!

May 28
Somebody

Somebody made a £20 donation.

May 28, 2017 at 12:56pm

I'm so sorry to hear that your bike was stolen! Hope this helps :) Best of luck!

May 18
Elizabeth

Elizabeth made a £10 donation.

May 18, 2017 at 9:40am

Good luck and best wishes. 😊

May 16
Suzie

Suzie made a £10 donation.

May 16, 2017 at 9:21pm

All the best David, keep fighting and keep the faith. Suzie

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