Whilst luxury homes are being built in the UK roughly 3.4 million people are forced to live at home with their parents. There are over 300,000 people in the UK living on the streets, that’s roughly 1 in every 200 people in the country, of no fixed abode, forced to sleep rough every single night.
Between 2013 and 2017 there were at least 230 deaths attributed to homelessness, but that figure soared to 440 last year alone. Many of the dead were found under bridges and in woodland after lying dead for months.
It’s obvious that governments and councils should be doing more to help these people on the streets, but unfortunately they aren’t. That’s why we all need to do our bit to help these vulnerable people in our society, those that are dying when they don’t have to.
Dean Hoyle’s Big Sleep Out continues for the second year in March 2019, and the team at TerrierBlog will be getting behind the cause. We will be joining other volunteers to sleep rough in the concourses of the stadium the night before the Bournemouth game.
Our experience will undoubtedly be unpleasant, but it will be miles better than the actual experiences of homeless people. We won’t have to keep one eye open for thieves and opportunists, we won’t have to worry about where we’ll be sleeping the following night and we won’t have to worry where our next meal is coming from.
We have set a target of £2,500 to raise for the Huddersfield Town Foundation, who earlier this year distributed the £55,000 raised to the Huddersfield Mission, the Welcome Centre, Batley Care & Drop-in, One Big Family, Batley Foodbank, Dewsbury Baptist Church and Winter Warmers.
If you can donate even £1 towards this cause, please, please do so. 100% of all the money you donate will go directly to helping these much-needed organisations. We will keep you updated with our challenge through our social media channels on the night, and we will keep reminding you of our fundraising efforts on every blog from now until the Bournemouth game.
The TerrierBlog Team.