Success for sponsored sleep-out in aid of homelessness
On 28th February, nine of our staff members slept rough on the streets of Abergavenny town centre in order to raise money for 'survival kits' to aid people who find themselves sleeping on the streets of Wales.
The kits help to alleviate some of the more basic issues associated with sleeping rough and include a waterproof backpack, sleeping bag and survival blanket, personal hygiene items and basic utensils, as well as a first aid kit and warm accessories such as socks.
The original goal was to raise £450, enough for 10 survival kits, but with the hard work put in by the staff and a donation from Gwalia of £270, the staff managed to raise a staggering £1,351, with the hopes of reaching the £1,500 when all the final donations are collected this week.
During the sleep-out, our staff were joined by local PSCO Carl Walbyoff and spent the night with nothing but sleeping bags and cardboard boxes to keep out the winter chill.
Speaking of the experience, Support Worker Rachel Hine said: "It was an absolutely freezing cold night but we definitely got a small insight to the plight of homeless people, I think all of us appreciate the situation that homeless people face on a daily basis and we are eager to get our rough sleeper packs together to hand out ASAP".
The kits will be provided to projects throughout Carmarthenshire, Powys, Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire who are tackling homelessness and where there is little or no provision to support street homeless in those areas. The survival kits will then be given to people who are forced to sleep rough, allowing us and our partner organisations to engage with homeless people and look towards helping them into supported accommodation.
Well done to the team for all their hard work.