First Venue confirmed!

It gives me great pleasure to to say I’ve got my first venue sorted. Yes!

It might only be a small step forward, but it’s a step nevertheless.

So, I can announce that on Sunday the 22nd of Feb I’ll be kicking off my tour by performing at the Art House Cafe in Southampton. It’s a fab venue, and one I’ve performed at many times so it’ll be a pleasure to celebrate the start my journey in familar surroundings.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start. Hope you can make it.

To whet your appetite, here’s a video of a previous performance of mine at the Art House:

The Charities

The two main charities I’ll be supporting along the way are:

No5 logoNo 5 youth counselling is where I trained as a counsellor and spent several years volunteering with them. It’s a charity that is very dear to my heart, and it’s the place where I first met Lizzie.

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Launchpad is a Reading based charity helping homeless people with counselling, support and advice. Lizzie was a tireless fundraiser for them, and took part every year in their Big Sleep Out events.

If you’d like to support either of those two charities, either come along to the Reading Gig, or visit my JustGiving page to sponsor me for the whole tour.

Or do both!

I’ll also be raising funds for other local charities in each of the places I visit. If you’d like to support them, come along to a gig! The charities confirmed so far are below. Click on the logos for more information about each charity.

Southampton:

No LimitsNo limits is a counselling, support and advice service for young people based in Southampton.

Bristol:WomankindWomankind provides counselling and support to women with mental health problems in Bristol. These services are delivered in central Bristol, in healthy living centres and children’s centres which are located in other areas of the city. Many of their clients are very vulnerable, struggling financially and have experienced trauma in childhood such as sexual abuse, violence, neglect and family break-up. Their psychological problems manifest themselves in many ways including anxiety, depression, eating problems, self-harm, suicidal behaviour, dependence on drugs, medication or alcohol, abusive and unhealthy relationships.

Oxford:

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Seesaw helps children cope with the loss of a loved one through direct support and group work.  It also offers training for schools and health care professionals.

Birmingham:

open doorOpen Door is a leading Person Centred children and young persons counselling service. We offer one to one counseling for young people aged 12-26.

Manchester:

mascsManchester and Salford Counselling Centre offers subsidised counselling to people of all ages in Greater Manchester and the North West, irrespective of race, gender, class or creed.

Nottingham:

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Harmless is a user led organisation that provides a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals.

Cambridge:

centre33Centre 33 exists to help every young person in Cambridgeshire fulfil their potential.  They support and empower young people up to the age of 25 to overcome their problems through a range of free and confidential services.

London:

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A Berevement counselling service for Adults in Camden.

Brighton:

clock towerThe Clock Tower Sanctuary provides information, advice and support to young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who are homeless or insecurely housed. They offer a friendly safe space, food and drink, access to computers and the internet, signposting to housing, health, education, employment and social services – as well as practical and emotional support to help young people get their lives back on track.

If you’d like to support any of the charities above, and you’re in the local area, come along to the gigs. All procedes from each night will be going to the relevant local charity.

The Route and Gigs

Essentially I’m cycling from Petersfield to Reading.

“That’s not very far!” I hear you cry, and you’d be right, but I’m going via gigs in Southampton, Bristol, Oxford, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Cambridge, London, and Brighton.

Its approx 720 miles in ten days by pushbike. Although I hope there’ll not be too much pushing involved.

Or rain for that matter, although given that I’m starting on the 23rd of Feb, the chance of incliment weather is probably high.

Waterproofs not optional.

I’ll be performing some of my own brand of poetry at each gig, alongside other local poets and hopefully some headliners or two.

The full itinerary is as follows, more details on each of the gig pages.

Sun 22nd Feb Gig: Southampton. Miles cycled: 20

Mon 23rd Feb  Gig: Bristol. Miles cycled: 82

Tue 24th Feb Gig: Oxford. Miles cycled: 72

Wed 25th Feb Gig: Birmingham. Miles cycled: 80

Thur 26th Feb Gig: Manchester. Miles cycled: 91

Fri 27th Feb Gig: Nottingham. Miles cycled: 85

Sat 28th Feb Gig: Cambridge. Miles cycled: 102

Sun 1st Mar Gig: London. Miles cycled: 65

Mon 2nd Mar Gig: Brighton. Miles cycled: 60

Tue 3rd Mar Gig: Reading. Miles cycled: 75

Total miles: 732. Give or take my exact route.