I signed up a few months ago as I really wanted to raise the target of £150 to ensure the homeless have a place to go to find a way out of endless nights of sleeping rough.
The Booth Centre do some fabulous things, in the past 6 months they have:
- helped 158 people to find temporary or permanent accommodation,
- enabled 390 people to take part in their activities programme, including art, music, sports, woodwork, gardening and much more,
- helped 38 people gain nationally recognised qualifications,
- supported 58 people to take up employment, education, training or voluntary work in the community.
The funds raised through The Manchester Sleepout enables them to continue to offer this vital support to people over the next 12 months.
I have to admit I'm quite nervous about sleeping rough for the night.
It will be just me, my camping mat and my sleeping bag on a patch of floor in the grounds of Manchester Cathedral.
But this is only for one night, hundreds of people have been and are sleeping like this every night and I just want to do something to help them.
If you fancy helping me get to my target by Friday I would be very grateful, I was, at the last count £60 short.
On Friday please send me a tweet or a like/message on Facebook, I will be probably awake and will appreciate the support. The event starts from 9pm and I'll be finding my spot around 10pm.
Wish me luck and thank you to everyone who has donated.