Huge turnout to brave the elements with Helping Hands - The Leamington Observer

Huge turnout to brave the elements with Helping Hands

Leamington Editorial 16th Nov, 2016   0

BRAVING the rain and sleeping on the streets saw a charity which supports the homeless raise £10,000.

Around 100 people joined Leamington-based Helping Hands to take part in the sponsored sleep out and raise funds for the charity’s new drop-in centre and shop which recently opened in Gloucester Street.

The charity – which supports homeless and vulnerable people in the district – said it was “bowled over” by the response which saw fund-raisers pitch down for the night in the former graveyard of All Saints Church. Sleeping outside gave the volunteers an insight into the conditions faced by the homeless.

Helping Hands manager Lianne Kirkman said the night was such a success it could become an annual event.

She said: “We have been bowled over by the response we have had from everyone – from the people who slept out, to the various organisations who have helped us stage the event.

“It was not the coldest night of the winter so far, but it was pretty wet and I think everyone who slept out realised just what people who sleep on the streets have to face, day-in, day-out.

“A lot of people made the point that while they slept out for one night they were able to go home, warm up with a bath can get something to eat – not things that the homeless can do.”

“A massive thank you to everyone who took part or helped the event become such a great success.”

The army and Warwick Ambulance Association sent volunteers to ensure the fund-raisers were safe and Pancho Catering provided food.

Father Wilson of All Saints was also thanked by the charity for his hard work on the night.

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