VOLUNTEERS from Newton Mearns baptist church braved the cold last week as they spent a night on the streets in aid of Glasgow’s homeless population.
As reported in The Extra recently, the fundraisers were taking part in a sleepout for Glasgow City Mission – and despite temperatures plummeting below zero on the night, the 16-strong group went ahead with the plan.
With ages ranging from 18 to 76 – including a couple of grannies – the group set up camp in the city centre on just a few cardboard boxes.
Their efforts seem to have paid off, as the team have raised £4,430 so far — every penny of which will go to the homeless charity.
Organiser Fraser Muirhead explained: “As a church, we made a commitment to help Glasgow City Mission continue the great work they do in providing shelter, meals, support and love to those who have very, very little.
“We decided to do something a little different and get just a small insight into what it’s like to sleep rough in Glasgow this Christmas by doing it ourselves.
“After an hour or two of good camaraderie, the cold really started to set in – that’s when it hit us: we’ve got seven hours or so more to go.
“But we were all acutely aware that while we could then return to warm homes, loving families, hot baths and comfortable beds, this would not be the case for the scores of rough sleepers in Glasgow”.
The sleepout was the latest of many events aimed at raising £10,000 for Glasgow City Mission, and Newtons Mearns baptist church is well on its way to reaching the total.
Minister Brian More commented: “Altogether, more than £8,500 has been raised so far with money still coming in.
“We’ll conclude the project on Wednesday, December 12 with a special Carols by Candlelight service at 8pm – and all are welcome”.
The charity’s chief executive, Carol-Ann McLure, thanked the church for its fundraising efforts, and added: “We are delighted with the way in which a local church has galvanised the community to raise £10,000 to help us serve 10,000 meals to the homeless this winter – all the money raised is going straight to those who need it most in our city”.
Donations are still being accepted, and anyone wishing to add to the total can text MEAL40 — followed by a donation amount (£1/£5\£10 etc) — to 70070, or go online at www.justgiving.com/teams/nmbc.