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Sarah sleeps out in the name of charity

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Winter is well and truly upon us with the wind, rain and frosty conditions making it very tempting to stay indoors to keep warm.  Some people, even children and teenagers, don’t have that option though with no home to go to.  Sarah Whitemore, Employment Partner, recently put herself in the shoes of the homeless teenagers on our streets to raise money in their name.

On the night of Thursday 6th November, armed with many layers of clothing, sleeping bags and hot thermoses filled with their favourite warming drink, Sarah and Sue Thomas from Thomas Miller Ltd braved the elements to spend a night sleeping outside the Guildhall Square in Southampton.  They weren’t alone as 50 other people joined them in Southampton and thousands in London for the Centrepoint sleep-out in aid of the teenage homeless charity.

“With two teenage daughters the cause is very close to my heart,” begins Sarah.  “All parents want their children to be fed, healthy and sheltered and the thought that some teenagers don’t enjoy these basic necessities in life is why I wanted to take part in the sleep-out this year.”

Another recipient charity of the funds is The Society of St James is a Hampshire which is a Hampshire-based charity, providing a range of accommodation & support services to the homeless in the region.

“With Christmas approaching, Centrepoint is working hard to raise their target of £370,000 by Christmas Eve to help the 15,000 young people who will be homeless over the festive period,” explains Sarah.  “Just £12 can help sponsor a room for a homeless person for a whole month, and Sue and I were expecting to raise at least £150.  However due to the overwhelming generosity of so many we have now raised just under £2000, a figure that we can be sure will be help many of those in need over Christmas. ”

It’s not too late to donate to Sarah and Sue.  To donate you can visit their Just Giving page


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