The University of Nottingham's Student Fundraising Organisation
Karni Sleep Rough for Shelter
On the 16th June, around 30 of the Karnival team took to the concrete for a cold night sleeping under the stars in an effort to bring awareness to the everyday struggles of the homeless and raise money for Shelter. Shelter is a charity which helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness, and they campaign to prevent it in the first place.
For a lot of people, the thought of sleeping on a concrete bed for one night is understandably undesirable and avoided at all costs, but it may not be seen as entirely ‘difficult’ to do – once you actually get to sleep, of course.
But imagine not having the luxury of returning to your home, having a nice hot shower and collapsing into bed the next day. Imagine not having foil blankets, which were graciously provided to us, and instead having to make do with whatever clothing you had, and if you’re lucky maybe a blanket or two. Imagine having to count the pennies and the minutes until your next meal, without the fortune of being able to bring pre-prepared food from home to much on in the middle of the night.
We were lucky enough to have lighting, hot drinks, bathroom access, foil blankets, wifi, a secure location and cover in case of rain when we took to our concrete beds outside the Portland building – these are all things which we regularly take for granted. Things which the homeless of the world do not have easy access to.
It was a long, cold night but we made it through, and that one night made us all realise just how hard it can be for those around us who have no home to return to – and for them it’s a day-to-day reality, not a single night.