Henriette Lang | A hero called Rik

A hero called Rik

May 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

For the last few months I have really loved working with an amazing charity called Birmingham Homeless Outreach. It's a very simple concept really created by a man called Rik. Rik was homeless once. He knows what it feels like and he understands that it isn't that easy just to "unhomeless" yourself!! Rik started this charity in Manchester many years ago. He called upon volunteers, he packed a bag with hot water, tea bags, coffee and sugar and then he took to the streets and walked up to every single homeless person and asked if they wanted a hot drink. That's it! A simple concept and a huge impact on the homeless person who feel alone, uncared for and ignored. Rik doesn't ignore any of them. He gets it! He started the charity in Birmingham 6 years ago. Every evening Rik walks the streets of Birmingham with a handful of willing volunteers handing out sandwiches, teas, coffees, sleeping bags, donated clothes. Every volunteer who joins the walk brings something along. It could be anything like pot noodles, chocolates, wipes, deodorant or a warm jumper. Every single homeless person I've met have been so grateful, and the respect they have for Rik is immense. Some of them called him a hero, a star and a saviour! Rik even gives his coat away. I've seen him do it twice. So, as I reflect on the last few months, I am thankful for my life, my opportunity to being able to help Rik out with photos to promote his wonderful charity! And I'm also grateful that we are going towards spring, warmer weather and more sunshine! Next time you see a homeless person sitting there by the side of the road, don't judge, just buy them a cup of tea with at least 3 sugars! Trust me they will appreciate your kindness.


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