Thursday 19th July, Shrewsbury Town in the Community hosted a sleep out at The Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium in partnership with local company Shropshire Homes, to help raise money and awareness for homelessness across Shropshire.
The event saw 35 people sleep outside under the stars with only a sleeping bag and a cardboard box to keep them warm.
Jamie Edwards, Head of Community at the club said “The event was great we had lots of people from local businesses take part, helping to raise money and awareness. As the evening rolled on and everyone took to their sleeping bags reality hit us as to how difficult it really is to sleep outside with only a sleeping bag, we were fortunate to have a dry evening in the middle of a heat wave, the truth is, many others have to do this day in and day out in all weather. We are really proud to have hosted this event and look forward to seeing it grow bigger next year.”
Director of Shropshire Homes and sponsor of this event, Howard Thorne said “It was quite an experience to sleep out on concrete. However, the novelty wore off around 3.00am when it got quite chilly and the ground seemed to get harder! We were all pleased to be able to go home for a filling breakfast and a shower. It really made me realise how tough it must be to be really homeless and to have to sleep in those conditions every night, especially in the winter. Shropshire Homes are pleased to have sponsored the sleep out and helped in a small way to support the homeless of Shrewsbury”
A final total has not yet been calculated but on the evening of the event the fundraising pot had got to an amazing £6,000, the funds raised will be split between Shrewsbury Town’s official charity – Shrewsbury Town in the Community and The Shrewsbury Ark.
Special thanks to the participants:
Shropshire Homes (Event Sponsor), Shropshire festivals, Marches Care, The Shropshire Chamber, Peakes Travel Elite, British Ironworks, Monks Property, Reach Media, Asset Construction, Monks Property, Nick Jones Wealth Planning
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What our participants said:
“I decided last minute that I should get involved with the Sleepout event and I’m very glad I did. To turn up with only a pillow was quite disconcerting! There was a good spirit amongst participants and that made it a little easier. Making a ‘bed’ out of discarded cardboard and just having the sleeping bag really did make you appreciate how we take creature comforts for granted. I managed to get around 3 hours sleep and was exhausted the following day. I cannot imagine the affect on rough sleepers who suffer similar sleep deprivation for weeks or months on end. Collectively we raised a good amount of money for The Ark – personally I have a new found appreciation for anyone that finds themselves without a bed for the night, however this has come about. Thanks to you and the team for hosting the event”
Nick Jones – Nick Jones Wealth Planning
“I thought the Sleep Out was an amazing experience; we were incredibly lucky with the weather and of course we were with friends and in a safe environment but it made me, and I think talking to others, all of us realise just how tough it must be sleeping rough. Even in July it was cold during the night, and cardboard does not make a good mattress! When I was lying there at 3am I was thinking how scary it has to be when this is the only choice you have and there is no warm shower and comfortable bed to look forward to. I hope we raised the profile of those who sleep rough and the money raised can go towards helping those who are homeless.”
Mandy Thorn MBE – Marches Care
“It was quite an experience to sleep out on concrete. However the novelty wore off around 3.00 when it got quite chilly and the ground seemed to get harder! We were all pleased to be able to go home for a filling breakfast and a shower. It really made me realise how tough it must be to be really homeless and to have to sleep in those conditions every night, especially in the winter. Shropshire Homes are pleased to have sponsored the sleep out and helped in a small way to support the homeless of Shrewsbury”
Howard Thorne – Shropshire Homes
‘This is going to sound very weak, but I didn’t sleep for more than 2-3 hours and would admit I was still feeling rough -a week later, not just from the lack of sleep but from sleeping on the ground. It does give you a very small understanding of what the homeless have to contend with.”
Clive Knowles – British Ironworks Centre