Buckles Solicitors has helped to raise £2150 in support of the national homeless charity, Crisis, after they completed a ‘sleepout’ challenge on 18 January.
Led by Roger Clarke, a partner at the firm, a group of ten employees group slept outside Buckles’ Peterborough office for the night in temperatures hovering around zero. Those taking part who managed to get some sleep, awoke to snow flurries the next morning.
Roger said: “We know it was only one night and therefore not the same experience as being homeless. However, it gave us an insight into the discomfort endured night after night by those unfortunate enough to not have a home. We would like to give huge thanks to everyone who was able to support us by making a donation.”
Others who took part in the challenge found it to be an eye-opening experience.
Debbie Carnell said: “Initially, I vowed never to do it again but, in hindsight, I would be prepared to as awareness of people actually sleeping rough should be highlighted more and hopefully one day sleeping rough will be a phrase that no one needs to use.”
Adrian Avory added: “We had the luxury of a few layers to keep out the worst of the cold, and it has certainly opened my mind to how bad it must be to sleep rough in the depths of winter. It must also be a lonely existence. We have our family and friends, but they probably have no one to talk to.
“I would gladly be prepared to sleep rough for such a great cause and do my bit for the charity Crisis.”