On the 25th November 2016, two members of the Baxter Hoare family slept out in the grounds of Southwark Cathedral to raise money for the homeless.
About The Sleepout For The Homeless
In autumn 2015, more than 900 homeless people slept rough in London, an increase of 27% on 2014. Local agencies reported 7,581 people were homeless in the Capital last year, an increase of 16% from the previous year. Through the coming winter, from the 31 October to mid-April, 28 churches will work in partnership to host men and women who are sleeping rough.
George Martin, The Robes Project’s Chair of Trustees says there is a pressing need to expand the shelter network:
“This coming winter we are increasing our capacity and we will be looking after up to 35 guests per night. The cost of our expansion and a year’s running costs is estimated to be £210,000. For this reason, the SleepOut is very important for us, and the money raised at this event will allow us to carry out our vital work and get some of the most vulnerable members of our community off the streets this winter and help them rebuild their lives.”
The Robes Project also hopes the event will help raise awareness of homelessness in south London, giving those who take part a small taste of some of the difficulties that so many homeless people have to deal with. The difficulties include surviving the freezing cold, being vulnerable and the difficulty of carrying on your day with little sleep. The charity hope to show the importance of readily available emergency accommodation and support.
Andrew and Ian raised a staggering joint total of £1350.00 for the charity.
Well done to Andrew and Ian!
Update: More than 150 people slept out in aid of Robes on the 25th November 2016, and over £80,000 have been raised already.
About The Robes Project
The Robes Project was set up in January 2007. It was created to support homeless people by giving them a safe, warm place to sleep. The charity also provide a hot meal and support as they start to rebuild their lives. Local churches offer a temporary night shelter during the winter months from November to April. Each church has a capacity to look after between 15 and 20 guests each night. Approximately 50 people are given support annually.
When a guest joins The Robes Project, they offer them a stay of up to one month when their situation is reviewed. The stability and rest afforded by staying at the night shelter provides a platform for guests to address other issues such as their housing, health, relationships, finances or legal matters.
The charity has over 400 committed volunteers who run the night shelter in teams. Over 22 church venues have donated their spaces to host the project on a rota basis. Without the dedication of the volunteers, churches and public donations, the whole project would not be able to operate.
Annually the charity run fundraising events. The biggest event is our Sleepout at Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge on the last Friday in November. Over the past four years this event has raised over £250,000 which has been crucial to the continuation of the vital work of The Robes Project.