Sleep­ing rough for home­less

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple braved the rain and slept rough for a night to raise money for those liv­ing home­less in West London.

Around 460 peo­ple spent the night in card­board boxes at Hilling­don Ath­let­ics Sta­dium, in Gat­ting Way, Uxbridge, on Fri­day, Novem­ber 28. To­gether they have raised around £65,000 so far, with that to­tal still ris­ing.

The an­nual Big Sleep­out event was or­gan­ised this year by Trin­ity Home­less Projects, based in Red­ford Way, Uxbridge, to­gether with Slough-based char­ity Slough Home­less Our Con­cern (SHOC).

Trin­ity Home­less Projects spokesman Andy Robert­son said it had been the big­gest event of its kind yet, adding: “It was an amaz­ing event. To have that many peo­ple choos­ing to do what they did and the fact it rained un­ex­pect­edly through the night, it meant many peo­ple had to lose their boxes and im­pro­vise, which is sort of the point.

“It gave them an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of what oth­ers go through. The spirit of the place was amaz­ing.”

Trin­ity Home­less Projects pro­vides 73,000 nights of ac­com­mo­da­tion to home­less peo­ple in the Hilling­don bor­ough ev­ery year, as well as work place­ments and life coach­ing for 200 peo­ple.

More pic­tures on­line at www.getwest­lon­don.co.uk.

n BOXED IN: Staff from Coca Cola, Uxbridge, at the Big Sleep­out

Photo by Chris Berry www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201411219

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