Rain fails to dampen resolve of Worthing's 'Sleep Out' fundraisers
Well done to everybody who spent the night out under the stars in Worthing on Saturday night for the annual Sleep Out event.
The Sleep Out was organised by the Worthing Churches Homeless Projects which works with some of the most vulnerable and excluded individuals in the local area.
And it was certainly a cold, wet and miserable night to be sleeping out of doors as Rachel Hulder, one of the brave participants, explains:
“It rained from 9pm until about 7am - there were a lot of puddles and a lot of very cold people, it is the first time it has rained for the event. I think it gave everyone a great insight into just how awful it is for people sleeping outside. I personally found it very difficult to sleep and I don't know how people cope more than one night at a time when they have to think about being safe, warm, dry and keeping their belongings safe and dry as well.”
She continued: “The participants were just fantastic, they built great shelters - some very elaborate ones! The weather was so awful that most people stayed snuggled up in their cardboard boxes, bin bags and sleeping bags.”
“I was so impressed with how resilient people were as bedding and clothing got soaked and still people stayed outside. The general mood of people was that they were very focused on why they were taking part which was really heart-warming to see.”
Worthing Churches Homeless Projects – charity registration number 1027832