Homeless awareness raised by group sleeping rough for one night in Bray
ROUGH sleepers joined a group sleeping outside the Holy Redeemer last Saturday night to show their support.
One of them even bought some chocolate for them from the money he had collected that day.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people donated shoe boxes containing supplies for the homeless.
They hadn’t intended to collect any money, but people gave money anyway and the group ended up with more than €1,000 in donations from the night.
Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District John Brady said that 13 people stayed out all night.
‘It was a real eye opener,’ said Cllr Brady. ‘Even though it was a dry, mild night, it got very very cold.’
While Cllr Brady said he only got one hour of sleep, others didn’t sleep at all.
They had cardboard underneath them, warm clothes and sleeping bags.
However, this one night gave them an idea of what homeless people sleeping outdoors must endure 365 nights a year.
The rough sleepers who joined them were very grateful for the initiatives.
The group themselves heard the stories of those people who always sleep over.
Cllr Brady said that a number of those who slept on the ground for the night said that they have been inspired to continue to help the homeless. The money will go to the needy although they haven’t decided yet exactly what they will do to put it to good use.
Gayle Brady, Isabelle O’Hagan, Linda Flannigan, Cllr John Brady and Hazel Stevenson the morning after the sleep out.