Could you go without your comfy bed for one night? Sarah Finnis, Head of Family Law and President of the Herne Bay Rotary Club did just that on Saturday, 19 October in the grounds of St Edmunds School, Canterbury to help raise awareness for Porchlight and the amazing support they give homeless and vulnerable people.
The Rotary Sleep Out Challenge's aim was to put people in the shoes of someone who is homeless for a night. Sarah said of her experience which has raised over £1000 for Porchlight to date:
It was a tough cold night Saturday I only slept a bit in my cardboard shelter. It was a humbling experience and I spent the coldest hours of the night reflecting on the fact that this is a harsh reality for far too many people.
Take a look at the makeshift shelter Sarah made and slept in for the night below.
30 committed participants took part amongs a mountain of cardboard. Fortunately there was not a drop of rain and Porchlight report that overall £20,000 has been raised to date.
Many lives will be transformed because of this Sleep Out. £20,000 could pay for a rent deposit for 40 people who are moving into their own place after finding their feet in a Porchlight hostel. Or 130 days of work by a Rough Sleeper Worker, helping people off the streets and into a safe and stable home. Or 4,000 calls to the Porchlight Helpline which is there for people who have nowhere else to turn, and is often the first step for people to start getting their life back on track.
Thanks to everybody that supported the sponsored sleep out and to those who sponsored Sarah directly.
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