Volunteer sleep out raises over £7k to help young homeless

An organisation supporting young homeless people across Herefordshire took to the streets to sleep rough for the night and raised over £7,000.

The Supported Housing for Young People Project (SHYPP) held their third annual sleepout on Friday 5th October with 26 volunteers who gave up their bed for the night to raise money.

Helen Parker, SHYPP Locality Manager and event manager said: “The amazing team of volunteers included staff members and people from our partnering organisations, as well as many others who had all experienced homelessness and were very passionate about giving back to the community.

“It was a difficult night with the rain and cold, but spirits were high as we settled down in our cardboard boxes on the top floor of the multi storey car park at Hereford Old Market shopping centre. We even created a VIP bed with a pallet, gazebo and fairy lights for Drama and Arts Practitioner, Toni Cook, who individually raised over £1,000 for the event.

With donations, all sleepers enjoyed cakes, hot soup and an emergency survival pack which included a foil blanket, eye mask (to keep out the car park lights), a bottle of water and a tub of instant porridge. All these items were sponsored by Waitrose, Rubix Bar and ‘AJ Lowther and Son Ltd, Whitchurch Symonds Yat’ and HSL Ltd.

“We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped out on the night and supported the event, either by sponsoring our sleepers or through our pub collection. A special thank you to our volunteer sleepers, who all agreed the weather was horrendous, but we were all fortunate to go home afterwards for some warmth and a hot shower. Some young people don’t have that choice. We are therefore extremely pleased to see over £7,000 raised and money is still coming in. This is all going directly into the SHYPP thrive fund, helping support young people across Herefordshire who are in crisis.”

To donate to SHYPP visit https://mydonate.bt.com/events/thebigshyppsleepout2018/472622

Volunteers sleep out to raise money for SHYPP