On Saturday 9 May, Barbara Windsor MBE will fire the start gun for a race to three East London charity shops for London homeless and addictions charity, Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT). (1)

The event was inspired by two residents of Acorn House, the charity’s residential recovery accommodation on Shoreditch High Street, to help celebrate its 50 year anniversary in 2015.

The five mile fundraising event will start at 10.30am at SCT’s Bethnal Green Road shop and go onto the Roman Road and Chrisp Street shops before ending at the charity’s social enterprise coffee bookshop, Paper & Cup in Bow. (2)

The SCT Charity Shop Strut is sponsored by Fentimans Botanical Soft Drinks. A range of soft drinks will be available at each shop along the way and at the finishing line.

“When I found out my wife had cheated on me, I left our home that night. That’s when all my problems started. Just before I came to Acorn House, I felt hopeless. I was camping out around Arnold Circus and I just used to walk up and down the streets. I had no place to go. I look back at the last 9 months and I can’t believe how far I’ve come. I’m now studying for my GCSEs at Hackney Community College and hope to go on to study nursing.” said Matti.

“When SCT asked us how we should celebrate its 50th birthday, I wanted to do it by raising money for them so that they could help more people like me. I’ve spent 23 years in and out of hostels and mental institutions. SCT took me in and has offered me the opportunity to get my life back on track.” said Colin.

The event is free to join and SCT is asking participants to raise just £50. To sign up, go to: www.sct.org.uk/charityshopstrut, on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/events/734674179979305/
or email Mike.coffey@sct.org.uk

1. Subject to Barbara Windsor’s availability.
2. The race starts at the SCT charity shop at 385 Bethnal Green Road, E2 and ends at Paper & Cup, St. Paul’s Way Centre, 83 St Paul’s Way, London E3.

About the Spitalfields Crypt Trust
SCT is an East London charity providing practical help, support and training to people who have been homeless and suffering from addiction. It runs a drop in, rehabilitation hostel, personal development & training centre and a number of social enterprises to allow recovering addicts to gain work experience and training. The charity was one of the first in the UK to provide shelter to homeless, alcoholic men.

1. Find out more about the 50th birthday at: www.sct.org.uk/about-us/scts-50th-anniversary
2. Registered office: Acorn House 116-118 Shoreditch High Street London E1 6JN. Spitalfields Crypt Trust is registered in England and Wales and limited by guarantee. Registered Charity No. 1075947 Company No 37347930.
3. Follow us on Twitter: @recoverypathway #SCT50 and facebook.com/recoverypathway

For high-res images of the bands or more information, please email communications@sct.org.uk

The event is sponsored by Fentimans Botanical soft drinks.