Giving up a night of comfort for the sleepout challenge came and thankfully went (no offence intended I’m just such a wimp) with our total on-line donations reaching an amazing £687.13 plus we received another £65 in cash. The £752.13 is a tremendous sum for the Church Urban Fund to help provide night shelters across the UK. Thank you Mr Conroy for making soup to keep us going through the night!
I must say there wasn’t that much sleeping going on although I did better than most with 4 hours. How people function when they are sofa surfing every night I have no clue and as for sleeping rough in the cold and rain …I hope I never have to experience it. We are very grateful to all who supported us to raise money and awareness for those who find themselves without a bed to sleep in and most importantly a place to call home.
Last Saturday some of the guys and gals from Atlantic Recovery Centre went out on the streets in Birmingham and in DY5 to distribute filled shoe boxes to rough sleepers. They included items like gloves, scarves, hats, toothpaste and a few goodies like chocolate. Just for good measure they had some coats donated too so a very WELL DONE all!
Next on the list for our volunteers is making up Christmas hampers to distribute in our final week at the Foodbank before the holidays. Our last date for the Foodbank is Wednesday 21st December and we don’t return until Wednesday 4th January 2017. It’s a crazy time for many of us but through the busyness we remember it’s a privilege to help people at a time of crisis whether that be directly or by signposting to one of our partner organisations.
There’s still much to do and we are looking forward to helping those in need and developing our work with young people in 2017. Until then we wish you all a joyful Christmas.