On Friday 3rd July we will be holding our Sleepout Challenge where participants will be sleeping out in Montgomery Waters Meadow to raise money and awareness for homelessness across the county.
The event will see participants spending the night sleeping outside at Montgomery Waters Meadow with only a sleeping bag and cardboard boxes to create a shelter. This year we will be opening up the Sleepout Challenge to children and families, Scouts and other youth groups to get involved and help us raise awareness for homelessness across Shropshire.
The money raised will be donated to the Shrewsbury Ark, but will also to help fund our brand new ‘Off the Streets F.C.’ programme. This £8,000 a year programme will see homeless people across Shropshire given the opportunity to play football on our 3G pitches, use of our changing rooms and shower facilities, but also take part in various activities after the session. These activities will include; interview tips, CV writing classes, mental health support and so much more.
This event will also coincide with our newest challenge, taking place from 29th June – 3rd July where we are getting individuals to live off just £10. The £10 will have to provide your food and drink for a whopping 5 days. More information will be announced soon.
To find out more on the Sleep out Challenge please email [email protected]
You can read a quick recap of last years event below.
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On Thursday 18th July over thirty participants took part in Shrewsbury Town in the Community’s ‘Shrewsbury Town Sleepout’ with Shropshire Homes, spending the night in Montgomery Waters Meadow with nothing but sleeping bags to raise funds and awareness for homelessness across Shropshire.
A range of Shropshire businesses were represented along with Shropshire Homes such as Aico, Reech Media, Nick Jones Wealth Planning, Longmynd Travel, Lingen Davies, Rybrook BMW, Asset Surfacing, DM Recruitment and Shropshire Chamber of Commerce.
There was a somewhat damp end to the event as the rain rolled in at 5:30am, but most participants stuck around to see out the 12-hour event until 8am.
Our participants helped to raise over £5,000 so far which will be split between Shrewsbury Town in the Community and selected homelessness charities across Shropshire. A number of participants spoke out about why they took part in the event and what the cause meant to them.
Richard Sheehan commented “I believe strongly that in this day and age we must work collectively to eradicate rough sleeping. Humans should not have to sleep in potentially dangerous or unhealthy environments. I am privileged to support this initiative once more this year.”
Lisa Cordy also added, “I’ve been lucky in life to have had a loving and supportive family, always knowing I’ve had a home to go to and a bed to sleep in. Others are not so lucky and by sleeping out in this way for one night I hope to help contribute to this cause.”