Life out in the cold

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SLEEPING rough on the streets of Glasgow – in November no less – might not sound too appealing.

But members of the Newton Mearns baptist church congregation are braving the elements for one cold night in aid of the city’s homeless population.

The church has been running a project called £10,000 for 10,000 Meals, in the hope of reaching the mammoth fundraising target for homeless charity Glasgow City Mission.

The project has been helped along by Mearns and Crookfur primaries and Eastwood high school – and now, it’s the turn of over 20 members of the community, who will experience homelessness first hand in the hope of reaching that £10,000 goal.

Church administrator Audrey Kelly told The Extra: “Some of the congregation sat down and brainstormed about what they could do to raise a lot of money.

“There are lots of people sleeping rough in the city, and we thought this would be the best way to show how that feels.

“Our lot are only doing it for one night, but think about multiplying that to every single night.

“The homeless are the people we’re trying to help, so what better way to do it than experience a little of what it’s like to sleep rough, if only for one night?”

The event takes place on November 30, with participants parking their sleeping bags at a dedicated city centre location.

And – proving that it’s not just young members who are up to the challenge – the group even includes two grannies.

Audrey continued: “The sleepout is only one part of a big project, but we’re hoping that sponsorship money from it will add up to the total, and that in December we can hand over a cheque for £10,000”.

As for the weather, the fundraisers are employing a dose of wishful thinking, with Audrey adding: “We haven’t checked the forecast yet. We’re just hoping and praying that it’s not too bad – and that there’s no snow”.

To find out more about the project, or to sponsor the sleepout team, call Newton Mearns baptist church on 616 2362 or visit the church website.