Through the story of my family's experience of being made homeless and how their former home was rather cruelly and publicly demolished on the national television show Top Gear, I have set up my own campaign called Change Homelessness. I want to raise awareness and fundraise £100k for Shelter. As I run this entirely myself, I need others help to make this possible, and this is where you come in!
My name is Matt Fountain. In 36 days (30th July - 3rd September), unaided, living in a tent and at times living rough on the streets, I will be cycling 2,000 miles around mainland Britain on a route through those areas most at risk of eviction and homelessness. I am attempting to raise £100,000 for Shelter but also raise awareness of this growing problem as the recession takes its toll on more and more people. By raising £100k for Shelter 100 families could stay in their homes for a further year.
I have taken a year out of my career and I have invested all of my own savings into this campaign. For 6 months I have been trying to attract financial sponsorship from companies with no success mainly for the very same reason that people find themselves affected by this problem; the crunch of a poor economy.
Your pledge helps me buy vital cycle equipment, a tent, clothes, and food (on tour I will need to consume about 5000 calories a day!). I CANNOT BEGIN THE TOUR WITHOUT THIS VITAL EQUIPMENT. I will make the accounts of the Crowdfunding budget fully visible for investors, and where possible seek to further minimize costs. Any surplus will be added to the fundraising total.
This project is a charitable fundraiser but I don't believe people should invest without reward and I have spent the last couple of months working with designers to create a series of products which will be attractive to pledgers.
To find out more, including other ways you might get involved, go to www.ChangeHomelessness.org
Thank you so much for your time.