When I started writing this song at the tender age of 16, I knew that I wanted it to somehow help the problems of homelessness especially in London, where I witnessed it most and couldn’t block it from my mind..
I began to take my guitar wondering around London, find a homeless person, and if they allowed me, I would love to sit and talk to them.. find out their story their problems, then busk for them.
Then I started volunteering with The Simon Community who aim not to “fix” the homeless, just to give them a sense of community, support and a smile… they have an open house in London with some permanent residents, but they allow homeless people to come in for food and to wash their clothes and get cleaned up if they wish. With the Simon Community, I also saw the impact of something so simple as giving out hot tea and soup on a freezing cold winter’s day.. and also using initiative, teaming up with the likes of M&S and Pret a Manger to give their unpurchased sandwiches at the end of the day to homeless people.
Anybody can make a difference… You can help by volunteering or simply donating to the services that The Simon Community provide by buying my song “One Loose Coin” online via bandcamp. All sales before Feb 2012 will go towards their work.