Thank you so much to everyone who made our first ever Charity Link sleepover a great success.
Eight guests joined Sue and Rachel from Charity Link to spend the night in our courtyard in Leicester city centre.
The activity started at 8pm and ended at 8am – and whilst the night was relatively mild for January, it was still extremely uncomfortable and cold in the early hours.
Our amazing guests and their supporters have raised over £2,500 through sponsorship – and feedback has been so brilliant that we plan to run the event again in January 2019. Watch this space!
Visit our Facebook page for photos from the event. You can also view a video produced by Leicester Media Online on our Facebook page.
Feedback from our guests
“I was inspired to take part to help raise awareness about the hardship that many local people are facing. It was a great experience and truly insightful. For me, knowing that the challenge is just for the night and next morning I will be able to go home was very comforting. But I can imagine that for people who can never feel truly rested, clean or fed it must be extremely hard. And you can just imagine what tremendous strength and character it would take to get life back on track after having endured something like that. From the glimpse of the experience that we had, I can see how hardship can bring s sense of despair and isolation and this reminded me how important it is not to judge people.
I am very grateful to Charity Link who support people through such challenging times. I would like to encourage more people to participate in such events. If instead of noticing the hardship and ignoring it or being angry about it, we become part of the solution, it can bring great sense of belonging. Initiatives like that, not only help to make a real difference but also go a great way in helping us to be positive about where we live and connected to people in our communities.”
“I foolishly thought that sleeping rough for 1 night would be a breeze. I was so wrong!”