One of our regulars has recently completed the Edinburgh Festival Half Marathon in the superbly impressive time of 1hr 50mins and 51seconds.
Below are some photos of Kevin before and after his astounding achievement.
I cannot tell you how proud I am of him – he has come so far in his development since we first met him
I would love to be able to take credit for that, but I can’t: Kevin is the only one who deserves to wallow in the glory here.
Well done man, we are all proud of you
This week we moved, due to increasing numbers, from the cozy wee DRC room in St John’s, where we had been very happy, to the grand and expansive main hall. As the photos show there’s a bit of a difference between the spaces (the photos of the round table from earlier blogs show pretty much the entirety of the DRC).
The new space can accommodate over 100 souls and it has a dishwasher and a serving hatch as well as an art exhibition and stained glass.
It also has a grand piano, but that’s out of bounds 😦
It is also next door to the main Church, so we can hear St John’s rather impressive church organ when the organist is in practising and if a guest or a member of staff needs a bit of peace then they can pop next door to the chapel. We are so lucky!
On top of all that we finally gained Fare Share membership, which should guarantee a plentiful supply of cheap ingredients in the future.
Today was a good day for Edinburgh’s homeless.
SouperSaturday received, not twenty minutes ago, its first indiegogo donation. It is anonymous so I am unable to thank the kind benefactor directly, however if they see this post then they should be proud as punch because they just fed our merry gaggle of waifs and strays for six entire weeks!*
Their very generous £30 donation could also also pay for three people to get mobile phones so that they can re-establish family ties, engage with support workers, form a social life or receive news about available help.
It could also pay for a copy of somebody’s Birth Certificate, which will enable them to expand the number of services available to them and even start the process of finding a job.
We are delighted with your generosity oh mystery benefactor and we promise to use your gift wisely!
*EDIT: At least the Saturdays of those six weeks 🙂
John and Lorna (on the left in the pic) joined the Knights for the day and did Dunfermline Athletic Football Club proud with their hard work and enthusiasm to help homeless and vulnerable people in Edinburgh. I can’t thank them enough for their help, and for their cakes!