SEVEN volunteers braved the elements last Wednesday night and spent a night sleeping rough on the streets of Rugby.
Those taking part in Sleep Out to Help Out, which was raising money for homeless charities, did so to get a brief taste of what life on the streets is like and, considering it was August, couldn’t have picked a worse night. Rain pelted down sporadically through the 36 hours the volunteers were out and a chilly autumn wind wouldn’t have made matters any better. The group managed to raise £2,000, which will go towards Rugby’s Hope4 charity.
Pete Wayman, a Hope4 support worker who was one of the volunteers, said: “Apart from the obvious discomfort, the worst past of it was the noise, it was very loud outside right up until about 4am. Luckily the rain wasn’t too heavy during the night and we did make basic shelters made from discarded cardboard and other materials. Although it was a tiny taste of what it must be like to be homeless, it was a big learning curve for all of us.”
While the shelters were put together by basic materials the supplies and food people were allowed to bring were also restricted.
Matt Robinson, who organised the event, said: “This was about Rugby people helping out Rugby people - I’m very grateful to everyone who has supported this project and I’m delighted we managed to raise so much money.
“Even though homeless charities like Hope4 exist, many of the everyday things that we take for granted, food, homes, warm and clean clothes for example, are hard to come by, and especially when temperatures drop below freezing. The lack of such basic necessities can be life threatening. Hopefully through Sleep Out to Help Out we can make people aware that these are the conditions that some people have to deal with every day.”