Stu­dents set to hold char­ity sleep­out in the city

Coventry Telegraph - - News -

STU­DENTS in Coven­try are set to hold a char­ity sleep­out as part of a fundrais­ing cam­paign to help home­less peo­ple across the city.

Stu­dents at CU Coven­try, part of the Coven­try Uni­ver­sity Group, are join­ing to­gether to sup­port those with­out a home through­out the win­ter months.

They have al­ready held a num­ber of fundrais­ing events in­clud­ing a py­jama day, movie night and a video games marathon, and the pro­ceeds have al­ready been do­nated to the Coven­try branch of Cri­sis, which sup­ports those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness.

The stu­dents now plan to hold a num­ber of other small events be­fore the cam­paign cul­mi­nates in a char­ity sleep­out set to be held on Fe­bru­ary 1.

Those who sign up to take part will be sleep­ing out­side the cam­pus, with the event be­ing livestreamed on­line to en­cour­age peo­ple to do­nate through­out the night.

Jor­dan Feather­stone, CU Coven­try Cam­pus Of­fi­cer, said: “Home­less­ness is a big is­sue in Coven­try and we wanted to do some­thing to help those in need to show how much we care about the city and the peo­ple in it.

“We launched our fundrais­ing cam­paign to give some­thing back to the city by sup­port­ing peo­ple in un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances.

“We’ve al­ready had a huge amount of sup­port for our smaller fundrais­ing events held in aid of Cri­sis Coven­try, and are now fo­cus­ing on mak­ing the sleep­out as suc­cess­ful as pos­si­ble.

“The me­dia team at CU Coven­try will be live stream­ing the event and an on­line do­na­tion page will also be set up.

“We’re cur­rently in talks with Cyre­ni­ans which caters for peo­ple in Coven­try and War­wick­shire who are home­less, or at risk of home­less­ness who were also look­ing to sup­port so we can spread the funds we raise out and help as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

“We would like to thank cater­ing com­pany Sodexo which has agreed to pro­vide food and drink for those tak­ing part, and are now look­ing for other busi­nesses to spon­sor the event and sup­port the cam­paign.”

Any­one wish­ing to of­fer their sup­port or make a do­na­tion can email cu­coven­[email protected]­

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