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Beth Reed

Burton YMCA Sleep Out Challenge

Challenge complete

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I'm giving my bed up for one cold November night to help those desperately in need of support.[/p][p]I'm sure we'll all agree that homelessness is becoming a widespread issue and it's not nice watching people suffer, especially when we know they are on their own with no network of support. [/p][p]It's only during the last couple of years that I have offered any kind of help to the homeless. It started with a bit of loose change from my bag, which made me feel mildly better about walking past, knowing I had not simply ignored somebody in need of help. This shortly led to me donating food or a hot drink in passing on the street and then, earlier this year we were hit by the Beast From The East...[/p][p]I had nipped to the shops after work one night and the whole of the UK was preparing for the huge snow storm that was about to hit. It was dark, bitterly cold and the town centre was pretty quiet (I can't blame everybody for wanting to avoid the cold) and on my way back to my car, I walked past somebody who was clearly homeless. But in my hurry to get back into the warmth of my car, it wasn't until I had started to drive home that I thought about that man, still out in the cold and with no home to head back to... let's just say my guilt didn't pass. [/p][p]The next week, I went to the same town centre and found the same man sat outside a clothes shop. I went to the nearest store, grabbed a blanket, some gloves, a hat, a scarf and some food, walked out of the shop and straight up to this man and handed over the bag. I've never seen a more grateful person and I spent a little bit of time talking to him. He told me his name, where he spent most of his days and nights searching for a safe place to sleep and how he was unable to find any support as he was stuck in a viscous cycle. He couldn't stay in supported accommodation as he couldn't receive benefits, he couldn't receive benefits as he couldn't work and he couldn't work as he had no permanent address. [/p][p]I'd like this to change, so I'm taking part along with my wonderful colleagues Jess and Alison to raise as much money as we can to make sure this doesn't happen to others![/p][p]I appreciate any money you can afford to donate. Thank you :)[/p][p][br][/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

09 Nov 2018


Nov 9, 2018


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 9, 2018


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 8, 2018


Proud of you doing this, especially in the rain which is forecasted 🌧

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 8, 2018


Good luck Beth and well done for doing this xx I’m very proud to support you and this great cause xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 13, 2018

Den P

Good luck Beth, you've got this (so long as you remember your thermals!) xx

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Oct 12, 2018

Jo Sparks

Good luck. Such a worthy cause. X

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid