The Rotary Club of Stafford, in partnership with Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group held a very successful sponsored ‘Sleep Out’ in May.
Participants braved the elements for a challenging 12-hour stint, as they bedded down to raise awareness of homelessness whilst also raising much needed funds to help prevent it happening in the first place. In the early evening entertainment was provided by local student rock group Jupiter’s Beard whilst participants set about making their homes for the night.
Rtn Gwyn Williams, Chair of the Organising Group said: “This was a new event for Rotary in Stafford and our aim was to support young people to make safer life choices by providing resilience-building education sessions to pupils, their parents and teachers. I am delighted to report that we are well on our way to achievingour fundraising target of £3,000 which means we should be able to provide education sessions in at least six local schools.
Mental illness affects people from all walks of life, and we felt that holding a sponsored ‘Sleep Out’ would be a good way of highlighting the issues faced by homeless people.