Scouts sleep rough to rasie vital cash for homeless charity
PUBLISHED: 13:33 16 November 2019
Dozens of Backwell scouts and explorers braved the wind and rain while sleeping rough for an evening to raise thousands of pounds for a homeless charity at the start of the month.
The 60 group of 11-18-year-olds took part in the annual event which saw them construct makeshift shelters from cardboard and other scrap materials in the carpark of Backwell WI Hall on November 1.
The troop managed to raise £2,800 for the Help Bristol's Homeless project.
Explorer leader Iain Rhodes said: "This is the third time we've done it.
"To endure one night of discomfort will highlight to the troop what some unfortunate people have to go through every night of the year."
Help Bristol's Homeless founder Jasper Thompson feels the significance of the problem is not always appreciated, especially at this time of year when it is often freezing cold and wet.
He continued: "It's all too easy for us to turn a blind eye to the issue of homelessness and sleeping rough while tucked up in our comfortable homes, so it's great to see the Backwell troop raise the issue."