£500 raised by sleeping rough

our colleagues in Kent raised the money

As the temperature drops and we snuggle up in our warm homes, homelessness across the country is on the increase.

Although many of us try to give those suffering some food to keep them going, or some change to put in their pocket - do we truly understand just how tough it is for the homeless community?

We’ve heard a number of devastating stories recently, particularly over the last few weeks with the temperature dropping. This meant we were especially happy to hear about our very own colleagues reaching out of their comfort zone to try to make a difference.

Pauline Taffurelli, Ian Richardson and his Godson Jak from Kent, boldly decided to raise awareness for local homeless charity, The Bridge Trust, by completing a sponsored sleep out.

Off they went with their sleeping bags, cardboard boxes and Pauline’s pooch Buddy to keep them protected, to put themselves in the shoes of a rough sleeper.

They were blessed by the fact the temperature had risen above zero, but it gave them further food for thought as to how much more difficult it could have been, and is, for those without a home.

Their amazing efforts were rewarded with almost £500 in sponsorship money – the same amount that it costs the charity to keep one person off the streets for one month.

A massive well done to Pauline, Ian, Jak and Buddy – you should feel proud that your efforts alone have materialised to at least one person’s life being potentially transformed.

To find out more about the amazing work The Bridge Trust do, visit their website at: www.thebridgetrust.org.uk.

The team sleeping rough

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Lauren Pogson

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Catherine Turner

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