MORE than £15,000 was raised for a homelessness charity at a sleep-out in Caversham. More than 60 people
MORE than £15,000 was raised for a homelessness charity at a sleep-out in Caversham. More than 60 people took part in the event, held at Queen Anne’s School in Henley Road. The event was in aid of Reading charity Launchpad, which supports more than 400 people in the town. In the last four years, supporters have raised £65,000 to help prevent homelessness in Reading. After heavy rain during the day, the sun came out at 7pm when everyone turned up with their sleeping bags and cardboard shelters to pick the spot where they were to spend the night. Davie McGirr, friend of Launchpad ambassador Matt Allwright, serenaded the participants on his guitar before bed. Organisers said it was an unseasonably chilly August night and sleeping on concrete wasn’t comfortable, so that most people were awake by 5.30am the next day. Amanda Rose, Launchpad’s marketing manager, said: “Our sleep-out is a tiny insight into what it’s actually like to sleep rough. Everyone was safe and we had access to toilets. Then we go home, have a bath and go straight to bed, exhausted from just one night sleeping out. The reality for people really sleeping rough is they have to do it night after night.” In the autumn term 80 pupils at Queen Anne’s will stage their own sleep-out in the school grounds.