THE unexpected snowstorm which hit Bath made the 2024 Big Bath Sleep-Out, run by local homelessness charity Julian House, an even bigger challenge for the 98 fundraisers who took part.

The snow took everyone by surprise and event organisers had to implement their emergency procedure to make sure the fundraisers sleeping under flimsy tarpaulins, who were taking part in the flagship event for Julian House, were safe.

The emergency shelter, put in place every year in case of bad weather, was soon filling with people who were extremely wet and cold, with 10 people quickly relocated when their shelters collapsed under the weight of the snow.

Rachel Avent, event organiser for Julian House, said: “The snow really caught us by surprise and had not been forecasted. We quickly realised we had to wake up all 98 participants at around 4.30am to make sure they were aware of the change in weather and to let them know there was alternative shelter available for them.

“Tony from the Alice Park Café, who had stayed all night, quickly opened his doors, lit the fire and made hot drinks.”

Julian House provides life-changing and life-saving support for people who are vulnerable or at-risk across the South West of England.