This year’s Big Bath Sleep-Out has raised an amazing £48,000. That’s absolutely incredible and everyone at Julian House is thrilled with the result both in terms of the funds raised and the awareness of the cause. That’s thanks to all of you who took part!
The money you’ve raised really is life changing. All of clients that come into our care, whether that be through our Manvers Street Hostel, one of our supported housing projects, our refuge for domestic abuse victims, our skills training sessions at our bike workshops or another one of our services, benefits from you taking part in the Sleep-Out this year.
Just think, £50 could buy a wholesome meal for 30 service users staying at our emergency hostel. £250 could purchase a starter pack to help an abused mother and children into new accommodation and £5,000 could pay for 15 socially excluded people to attend a 6-week Build-a-Bike course in our Bath Bike Workshop. It’s here they gain the confidence, skills and work experience needed to progress towards employment.
By sleeping out for just one night this year, you’ve helped to transform a life for the better.
Senior Community and Events Fundraiser, Jessica Gay said: “Alongside the money you’ve helped raise, you’ve also raised much needed awareness about homelessness and the hardships associated with it. It was a pleasure getting to chat to some of you on the night about raising awareness and I know many of you were really passionate about making a difference. We had fantastic support from across the community, including school groups, community groups, families and corporates.”
Energy company Pure Planet was one of the local corporates who took part. Of the challenge, Data Scientist Connor Goddard said: “Homelessness is massive problem in this country, and Bath – like every other major town and city in the UK – has its share of those who have no place to call home. As I commute to and from work, I see people everyday who have slept out in the cold, and whilst I can only imagine what it must be like to have no choice in this, I wanted to take part in the challenge in order to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of what this must be like, and to raise awareness that this is a real issue that we all have a part to play in solving.”
Despite finding the experience “tiring, but enjoyable,” Connor added “I think most importantly, the experience really brought home to me that having a roof over my head every night is something I absolutely take for granted, and the thought of one day not having this is really quite scary. What surprised me, was the realisation that worries of being cold and wet came second to a more powerful feeling of being exposed – to the elements, to the noise and potentially to dangers that am protected from inside of my home.”
Thank you again for everyone who took part in the challenge this year. For those who were asking what else you could do, here are some things which would really help:
- Chat to your friends, family and colleagues about the Sleep-Out experience and tell them about the work we are doing.
- Use the StreetLink app to inform our Outreach team about someone you see sleeping rough so we can get there and help them.
- Become a regular donor. Donate just £1 a day (£30 a month) and help us run our services and emergency hostel and support the homeless and vulnerable men and women who come into our care. Our care isn’t just food and clothing, but mental health support, addiction recovery services and medical.
- Like us on Facebook and keep sharing our posts
- Become a volunteer at our hostel, in another of our services or at our events.
- Set up your own fundraiser in work, school, college or with your friends. We’re hoping to grow our community groups who would be keen to fundraise 3/4 times a year in their area. Please get in touch if this is of interest.
- Above all, stay passionate, kind and keen to make a difference. Because at the Sleep-Out you certainly did!
See you all at next year’s event.
All images by Jon Tonks