Char­ity to hold vir­tual cam­pout for night shel­ter

West Sussex County Times - - Your News - Jas­min Martin

A Hor­sham char­ity will adapt its an­nual Big Sleep Out with a vir­tual cam­pout and glow party to raise money for its home­less night shel­ter.

On Fri­day, July 17, Hor­sham Mat­ters is hop­ing peo­ple will take part in a va­ri­ety of on­line ac­tiv­i­ties and a ‘sleep out’ at home – be it on a tram­po­line, in a tree­house, in the gar­den or even in the bath.

In part­ner­ship with Hor­sham Churches To­gether, the Glow Sleep­out is be­ing held in or­der to buy bedding kits for those us­ing the shel­ter in De­cem­ber.

Paula Daly, com­mu­nity fundraiser at Hor­sham Mat­ters, said: “Join us as we shine the light on home­less­ness and cel­e­brate the sum­mer hol­i­days be­gin­ning. As we can’t now camp in a field, it has be­come vir­tual!

“We don’t know yet what will be hap­pen­ing with Covid-19 come win­ter, but must still make prepa­ra­tions for get­ting the street home­less into shel­ter when the bad weather hits.

“If any­thing, as more peo­ple are af­fected eco­nom­i­cally by the virus, and mort­gage pay­ment hol­i­days and fur­lough come to an end, we an­tic­i­pate that win­ter will be a time of great need.”

The night shel­ter pro­vides local home­less peo­ple with a bed and food in the win­ter months. Last win­ter the shel­ter pro­vided for 24 guests across seven venues.

This year, the char­ity is rais­ing money to buy the spe­cific items needed for the bedding kits. It costs £10 to buy a blan­ket, £15 to buy two pil­lows, £20 for sleep­ing bag and £25 for a camp bed. The full kit in­clud­ing kit­bag costs £72.

Paula said: “This will be our 9th year of run­ning a night shel­ter in Hor­sham in part­ner­ship with Hor­sham Churches To­gether.

“Ev­ery year since in­cep­tion, dur­ing the win­ter months our shel­ter pro­vides a hot evening meal, a bed and bedding for the night and break­fast for local peo­ple who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness.

“Show­er­ing and laun­dry pro­vi­sion are avail­able, plus evening ac­tiv­i­ties, and the team of over 250 vol­un­teers is fo­cused on im­prov­ing the well­be­ing of those stay­ing over.

“Out­reach work­ers en­gage with and sup­port the guests with spe­cial­ist ad­vice, par­tic­u­larly look­ing to­wards the fu­ture and our aim of get­ting them housed.”

As it’s not a spon­sored event, Hor­sham Mat­ters is ask­ing for a small do­na­tion to help pro­vide the bed kits, and peo­ple can do­nate even if they are un­able to take part.

Please en­sure that you pro­vide your full de­tails when you do­nate so the char­ity can send you your glow pack and links for the evening’s planned events which in­cludes a Glowit ex­er­cise class with Louise Fit­ness.

Any queries can be di­rected to Paula Daly, paula.daly@ hor­sham-mat­ or by call­ing 07702 492824.

To do­nate visit, https:// www.just­giv­ cam­paign/the­glowsleep­out

Hor­sham Mat­ters is hop­ing to raise funds to buy new bedding kits

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