A courageous team from Headley Financial Services in Alton braved the rain and cold to hold a Sleep Out event for Step by Step, managing to raise over £3,500 to help support our work.
Ten members of staff chose to give up the comfort of their beds for the night and sleep in the car park outside their office. With no tents or shelter, they were exposed to the terrible weather. Only sleeping bags and pieces of cardboard protected them from cold tarmac.
The mood during the night was sombre and the going was tough, but everyone was united by a cause they felt passionate about.
“Although the night was uncomfortable and the sleep was broken, the whole experience with the team was fun and positive,” said Rob Barnes, Senior Paraplanner. “One night is easy compared to how it must feel to live homeless and the money raised makes it all worth it.”
Janet Wood, Administrator at Headley Financial Services, added: “It was a very grim experience, only made bearable by the fantastic camaraderie from colleagues throughout the night, all the donations and messages of support coming in and the knowledge that in the morning I was going home to a warm, dry home. The thought of having to repeat it night after night, especially if on my own, is terrifying. Keep up your great work, a very worthwhile cause.”
The brave team smashed their original fundraising target, receiving many donations and messages of encouragement from family, friends and well-wishers. The money they raised will make a genuine difference supporting vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness.
If you would like to hold your own Sleep Out event to raise money for Step by Step, we would love to hear from you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information, advice and support.
One night is easy compared to how it must feel to live homeless.
Rob, Headley Financial Services
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