Charity sleep out for Social Housing staff
Published by Emma Baylis for Contour Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Left to right: Shuet-Ying Chung, Simon Thornber, Ryan Jones-Pavis, Dawn Thornber, Kim Horsfield, Amanda Thornber, Joanne Coffey, Tracy Robinson
The sponsored sleep out took place on the seventh floor of the Lowry Shopping Centre multi-storey car park in Salford, where the group of seven Contour Homes staff camped out in tents from 8pm until the following morning.
Organiser Dawn Thornber said: “We wanted to do something different from the usual charity fundraiser, and considering we’re raising money for charities that help the homeless, we felt it would be appropriate to experience what it’s really like for people who live on the street.
“As our offices are based in the Lowry Mall, we thought the best and safest place to camp out would be in the car park, so we applied for permission and it was all systems go.”
The staff have raised over £300 so far, and hope to increase this amount from proceeds from a Christmas raffle which will take place in the lead up to Christmas.
“We are so grateful to everyone for donating, particularly when people are cutting back as much as possible and saving up for Christmas,” added Dawn.
“It was very cold but we had a lot of fun and it was for a good cause, which makes it all worthwhile.”
According to statistics from Shelter, over 1000 households in the North West are considered homeless, and last year over 440 streets* in England were counted as having a rough-sleeping problem.
*Statistics from www.communities.gov.uk.