Thanks and Update

Hi folks – a quick post to say thank you so much for everyone who has donated so far, you’re extremely kind. If you haven’t yet but would like to there’s still time – the ground has kindly frozen solid under several inches of snow – just to make sure we get the true experience!

I also wanted to share with you the following story which I came across from another guy who is taking part in the sleep out – being homeless at the age of 14 is truly unimaginable and really hit home for me why we are doing this:

“I came home from school one day when I was 14 to find my house empty. My mother had left me and my 16-year-old brother a note saying that she’d made a decision to get on with her own life on her own. My father, an alcoholic, was long gone, my brother moved in with his girlfriend, so I was left on my own, aged 14.

“I used to sleep in cardboard boxes or derelict buildings. At the time I convinced myself I wasn’t scared but deep down I definitely was. I eventually got to the lowest point you can get when I was 16. I tried to kill myself with tablets but I woke up in North Tees Hospital.”

“Those taking part in the sleep-out are in for a very uncomfortable, strange night. It will give them a small insight into the lives of those people who can’t shut the door at night and do things as simple as switching on the TV or turning on a tap, the things we all take for granted. I’ve got a bad hip, but I am going to do it. For me, it’s about trying to allay some of my ghosts. There are literally hundreds of homeless people on Teesside now and I’m fearful we’ll see a lot more of it the longer the current economic climate continues. That’s why we need to raise as much money as possible to help our homeless.”

This is the story of Len who thankfully overcame his problems and is now a serving councillor in Middlesbrough and he will also be taking part this weekend. Thanks again everyone and the JustGiving page is here… http://justgiving.co.uk/natalie-bell5 

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