Home­less aware­ness raised by group sleep­ing rough for one night in Bray

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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