So we made it through the night and came out the other side! I, Luce, along with three of my Merseyside Etsy teammates took part in The Whitechapel Centre’s annual fundraising event; the Liverpool Sleepout to help raise money for the homeless in and around Liverpool.
Between us we managed to raise just over £1300, contributing to the total figure raised by all who took part which now stands at over £40,000! A staggering amount which will most certainly help to do more amazing work at the centre.
Our makeshift shelter for the night made out of cardboard ↑
We spent the night knitting (or trying to knit in my case) some woollen paper chains to give to The Whitechapel Centre to use as Christmas decorations in their charity shop – Open Door.
I’ll admit I was feeling slightly apprehensive about what to expect at the Sleepout and although it was pretty windy during the night and we thought our cardboard shelter was going to blow away, we were very lucky with the weather. We managed to stay dry and warm and that’s the main thing; something which we all contemplated that night and thought about the homeless whose first priorities on a day to day basis would be just that, as well as staying safe on the streets. Things that we take for granted every day.
I’m really glad that I took part in such a worthwhile cause especially as homelessness in the U.K is soaring. If sleeping rough for one night will help vulnerable people then I say more of us should do it and gain an insight into the struggles people face every day. We felt incredibly lucky to be able to go home, have a hot bath and get into a warm bed.
Thank you so much to everyone who sponsored us and shared our fundraising page to help get more donations! It was greatly appreciated!
If you would like to find out more about The Whitechapel Centre and the wonderful work they do visit their website; https://www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk/