Last year I took part in the CEO Sleepout in London, it was only one night, but it totally changed my perspective on homelessness and sleeping rough. It was cold, I was badly prepared (a coat from the 90s, wafer thin sleeping bag, a tarpaulin and an umbrella!) and after 8 hours of shivering and needing a pee, I realised, it's not just the night, it's surviving the next day - the emotional wear, the difficulty in functioning, and the way other people behave towards you. All that, from one night. It was miserable, so I've signed up to do it again!
We must talk about homelessness, we must show people support, and we must do all the small things we can to make a big change. If we can do anything to help improve that situation, then I'd be grateful. If you can donate some money, that would be really kind of you.
CEO Sleepout aims to fight homelessness and poverty one city at a time. This year, the small charity I helped to found, Toiletries Amnesty, are teaming up with CEO Sleepout to fundraise and help the work we do towards ending hygiene poverty. Toiletries Amnesty support homeless shelters, women's refuges, foodbanks and other organisations across the UK and further afield, and we really need your support.
Want to read what happened last year? I wrote about it here: http://idontlikepeas.co.uk/ceo-sleepout-in-london/
Find out more about Toiletries Amnesty here: https://www.toiletriesamnesty.org
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