Leamington Big Sleepout raises £8,500 for charity - The Leamington Observer

Leamington Big Sleepout raises £8,500 for charity

FUNDRAISERS experienced what it was like sleeping rough to bank vital funds for Helping Hands Community Project in Leamington.

Fifty participants slept in the grounds of All Saints Parish Church for the ninth Big Sleepout, raising £8,500 for charity.

Local businesses including Fine and Country, schools including Southam College and students from the University of Warwick Homeless Action Society all took part.

The event aims to give everyone an insight into homelessness, the factors that can cause it and the impact it can have on an individual living in such circumstances. The event is a chance to come together for a shared experience and hear from a range of speakers on various topics from several organisations and walks of life.

The Helping Hands food van was on site, serving food and drinks throughout the evening, as well as breakfast in the morning. This reflected the service that is given by the charity to the most vulnerable people in the community at its weekly evening and breakfast soup kitchens.

The Big Sing Choir also dropped in to provide entertainment.

Donations can still be made via Just Giving – https://www.justgiving.com/ca

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