Three University of Salford students joined a mass sleep out to raise more than £100 for the Booth Centre’s work with homeless people.

Ella Hamlet, Megan House and Frances Teasdale contributed to a total of more than £100,000 raised by the Manchester Cathedral event on November 8 for the charity.

People from in and around Manchester came together to experience what it’s really like to live life on the streets.

An event highlighting the hardships those without homes have to face. Temperatures were as low as 0 degrees on the night. It proved a struggle for those involved to adapt during the dropping temperatures.

What’s the sleep-out like?

Sleepout volunteer Ella, who studies Criminology with Counselling at the University of Salford, explained: “There were lows of the night, but the best buzz is the feeling of knowing you did something to help someone.”

Image credit: The Booth centre website.

Frances who studies Wildlife Conservation  explained that the most enjoyable bit for her was contributing towards raising money for people to help them get their lives back on track.

For the most part, it was thoroughly enjoyable. However, there were some hard moments. Megan, a Television and Radio student, said: “The last two hours were the worst as the air (and) wind changed.”

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Certificates awarded after the sleep out. Image credit: Megan House.

The Booth Centre awarded certificates (pictured right) to the volunteers.

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The Booth Centre describe their charity online as an organisation working towards creating “positive change in the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, to help them plan for and realise a better future.”

A pie chart is below showing the results of a recent survey which was conducted into whether people have “donated to a homeless charity or given to a homeless person directly.”

Pie chart created and survey taken by Cora Dixon.

How to help.

Donating to Ella, Megan and Frances’ go fund me link is still possible here. The link will continue to be live until December 6.  Every penny donated helps. The Booth Centre website has many events lined up for you to get involved with. In particular, the Great Manchester Run in May 2020.

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