Over a hundred people slept out to raise money and awareness for a local charity on Friday, 3rd March.

Families, friends and colleagues ditched their beds and spent a night under the stars to raise funds for Julian House. The charity supports over 1,600 people in over 40 projects across the South-West who are facing homelessness, escaping domestic abuse, refugees and more.

Temperatures dropped to 0 degrees as people bedded down for the night with just sleeping bags, roll mats and cardboard to keep warm.

The event had great support from colleagues from local businesses including Alina Homecare, Metro Bank, Altus Consulting, SECCL, and Bristol based Financial Lines Team of Howden Insurance Brokers Limited.

While munching on a well deserved bacon sandwich, one participant said: “It was a night of poor sleep but very worthwhile to raise money for Julian House to do invaluable work.”

Event Organiser Matt Redmore, said: “We are delighted that the Bath community has once again come out to support this event and give up their bed for the night. We understand how hard people are finding it with the current economic situation so asking people for sponsorship hasn’t always been easy for some people!

“Obviously sleeping out for one night does not come close to the realities of homelessness.

“It does however give people the chance to empathise with those who are forced to sleep rough every night, as well as start a conversation about homelessness, and those that took part certainly did just that.

Sponsorship is currently around £16,000 which is great and we’re expecting even more to come in.

“Without events like these and the help of our supporters, we really could not provide our essential life-saving services.”

The event organisers would like to thank the Alice Park Trust, Alice Park Café, Over the Moon Tents and RS Security for their support.