Members of AFC Didsbury were honoured to take part in Friday night’s hugely successful Manchester Sleepout (#McrSleepout) in support of The Booth Centre (http://www.boothcentre.org.uk/).
We first met Amy Hinks, Development Manager at The Booth Centre back in July and were immediately enthused by her passion for the work that this charity carries out to support those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and help them plan for and realise a better future.
This message was further reinforced on Friday night when we heard from Amanda Croome, CEO and also from two individuals whose life had been positively impacted by the work and support of the Booth Centre. Their stories were highly emotive, to say the least.
Before we took our sleeping bags and cardboard boxes outside we were treated to some music by the Street Opera group, who are made up of people that were once living on the streets but have used music to help bring positivity and togetherness back into their lives.
And so, a group of 15 of us and nearly 200 in total hunkered down outside the Manchester Cathedral in what was thankfully only light drizzle but still temperatures of only two degrees. The aim of the event was simply to highlight some of the hardships that homeless people face every single night. It is fair to say that only one night in such conditions was enough of an eye opener for us but still only gave us a slight insight into the harsh reality that those living on the streets face every night.
All in all, the event was a huge success and the running total currently stands at £44,000 (and rising!).
Members of AFC Didsbury and the Andersen James Group joined forces for this event and have been overwhelmed by the generous support that people have shown; our current group total currently sits at £3,545, a massive 236% above our initial target of £1,500.
Many thanks once again to all those who have contributed and supported us whether that be financially through donations or in person through the delivery of chips and gravy at 11.30PM on Friday night! We are all really keen to see that total rise towards £4,000 so once again, if you can, please dig deep.
A special mention has to go to our first choice goalkeeper and Director of Andersen James Group, James Leighton, as it was his organisation that pulled the group together and his ongoing tenacity and enthusiasm that helped drive us towards such an impressive fundraising amount.