A QUARTET of brave Keelby residents slept rough for one night to raise funds for YMCA Humber and the area’s other homeless charities through the fifth annual Sleep Easy event.
Peter Key and Belinda Hazzard from YMCA Humber joined Clare Smith from Grimsby Institute and Sally Skipworth from Grimsby Job Centre took to their cardboard shelters and sleeping bags to sleep rough…so others don’t have to.
Freshney Place Shopping Centre in Grimsby was once again the venue for the mammoth fundraiser and this year YMCA were able to boast a record number of 126 participants.
YMCA has already raised £12,000 in donations through the event, with monies still being collected. The funds will go to homeless charities across the Humber Region.
Clare was taking part in her third Sleep Easy, having previously slept out in events at Shoreline Housing Partnership in 2012 and 2013 and she was again delighted to be able to raise money for vulnerable young people.
She said: “I work with young people in the area and you enjoy sharing their tremendous successes.
“But YMCA and the other homeless charities work with more vulnerable young people and they really need our support.
“If I can give up just one night to help others then it is something that is really worthwhile and the money we raise can go to helping the charities carry on their work.”
But Clare did admit that there was a tinge of guilt and sadness when the event was over and she returned home.
She added: “The hardest part for me was the end of the night, when you get in your car and drive home knowing that you can have a warm bath and some hot food.
“There are far too many people out there who are not that fortunate and we must do everything we can to help them.”