|12 June 2020 – DAY 72|
|TOTAL SERVED TO DATE||22,681|
Last night was absolutely brilliant. We knew from the start it could be a very challenging day with BLM and far-right demonstrations going on at the same time. But our team simply stepped it up a notch and made sure homeless friends is all areas we cover were served as usual. Understandably Embankment/Soho was lower than normal given the circumstances.
This is how it happened.
- Our breakfast team started reporting in around 11am on how the city centre was filling up with far-right protesters.
- Brian W did a superb job at being out early scouting the scene, talking to police and reporting back with video footage which allowed us pivot plans throughout the afternoon.
- It was decided Victoria was too risky and we had to delay Soho/Embankment. The Victoria team was gutted. Hester was keen to go ahead not to let down our Victoria friends. But it was too risky and would be difficult for Hash to deliver at the drop-off. Elizabeth M soldiered towards Punjab to join Kings Cross helping homeless friends on the way. She couldn’t get through in the end. Polly tried to get to Waterloo instead but her train was cancelled.
- Tatjana alerted us early with video from the bus that things were kicking off between far-right and police at Waterloo Bridge. Daniella then confirmed from her car that Waterloo was too risky in that moment. Then we had to move the Waterloo to London Bridge to start from there. The entire team responded quickly to the new meeting point.
- We also had to move start time in Islington to make it all work and that team again were quick to confirm that would work.
- Sonia phoned in to alert us that Strand was kicking off helping our Soho/Embankment guys.
- Soho/Embankment had to constantly adapt to where trouble was happening as there were 4 different groups going up against police.
- After completing Soho/Embankment Sarah M, TSG, Amrit and Brian then proceeded to Victoria to serve that whole area and decided also to do Edgware Road. They finished off just before 2am this morning.
That is what compassion on fire, teamwork and dedication looks like. A huge thank you to all who decided to brave it and deliver last night. It was by no means an expectation for you to do so.