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This weekend (Saturday 26 January 2013) some plucky members of the Fresh Egg team will be spending a night under the stars to raise money for the Worthing Churches Homeless Projects. Joining other willing members of the Worthing community, the Fresh Egg representatives will be braving the cold in order to raise money and awareness for those who have to do so every night of the year.
The sleepout involves a group of people sleeping out in the open for one night only so they can try to get a feel for what it must be like for the homeless in our community. Participants are allowed sleeping bags and boxes, but essentially it is a cold and uncomfortable experience. Having said that, it’s an excellent opportunity to raise money for an extremely worthy cause and a humbling experience to remind us just how lucky we are to have a warm bath and bed to go home to the next morning.
In this blog post, we introduce you to some of the Fresh Eggers taking part in the 2013 sleepout, who give us an insight into how they’re feeling about enduring a night with no roof over their heads, and give you all the details you need if you’d like to sponsor them. If you would like to donate directly to the Worthing Churches Homeless Projects, or find out more about the sleepout 2013 or any of the other work the charity does, visit wchp.org.uk.
“I wouldn’t say nervous is the right word for it, more terrified. The only thing that’s going to keep me going is the knowledge that what I am doing is to raise money and help many of the homeless out there who have no choice but to sleep outside every night of the week.”
“I have a lot of experience of wearing t-shirts and shorts while relaxing in hot countries so I am going into this with zero experience, which should make it even more interesting!”
“I would like to think years of playing video games means I am ready for anything and will offer a wealth of knowledge in survival techniques. In reality, I will be shivering in the corner, crying myself to sleep...”
“The cold will certainly be the biggest enemy of the night.”
“I did the event last year, so know what I am letting myself in for! For that reason, I am a little apprehensive – it really is a cold and uncomfortable experience. I really like my sleep, and there isn’t much to be had in a cold cardboard shanty town. However, there is a little excitement in there too – it’s always a great feeling to do something for a worthwhile cause, and we’ll be in it together, so it’s not all bad.”
“Last year I thought I came prepared with all the boxes and warm clothing I could muster, but this year I will be bringing two sleeping bags, two hats, two pairs of gloves… you get the picture. I will bring my guitar, but warn my fellow frozen Eggers that three chords get old pretty quick.”
“My hot water bottle… There are urns!”
“Nervously excited. The weather has taken a tumble since I signed up so I am concerned about how cold it’s going to be! I’ve been on a cardboard box hunt to find one to call home for the night: nothing too fancy, I’m hoping to find one with good central heating and an ensuite.”
“Enthusiastic, if slightly amateur, cardboard box construction.”
“A thermal onesie – whoever said fashion before function clearly wasn’t considering sleeping outside in January.”
“I’ve been lucky enough to have visited around 30 countries and have slept in a tent in lots of these places. Having said that, the majority of them were a whole lot warmer than this will be.”
“Getting to know my fellow Freggers a little bit better and experience what it is like to live with so little.”
“Getting to know my fellow Freggers a little bit better and experience what it is like to live with so little!”