Frosty reception: Moat Homes supports us with freezing sleep out
24 January 2017
It was freezing on Friday, but that didn’t deter Moat Homes staff from taking part in a sponsored sleep out.
Despite sub-zero temperatures, Moat employees spent the night in makeshift cardboard tents to raise money for Porchlight and other charities.
It was part of Moat’s 50 for 50 challenge - to raise £50,000 in a year to commemorate its 50th anniversary. They've already beaten the target - £55,501 has been raised - and the money will be split between five charities including Porchlight.
The sleep out took place in the car park of at Moat’s central office, based in Dartford. Staff, friends and contractors took part, and many decorated their cardboard tents. Among the designs was 10 Downing Street (dubbed ‘Down and Out Street’).
Moat’s chief executive Elizabeth Austerberry said: “As a housing association, we strongly believe that everyone has the right to a safe and stable place to live, but that is not the reality for many. Thank you to everyone who took part or donated to the event. I really hope that everyone involved took something personal from the experience, underlining how important it is to help people find a place to call home.”
Sleep outs can give a sense of what it’s like for those who have no choice but to sleep rough every day of the week. Moat's 50 for 50 challange will allow us to help people who are homeless and vulnerable.
The number of rough sleepers in Kent has nearly doubled over the past year, and with so many homeless people staying hidden from view, this is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg. Porchlight has a rough sleeper service which works with people living on the streets, addressing issues they are facing and helping them get into accommodation.