Eden Sleep Out helps to provide vital shelter for homeless people in Cornwall this winter
A winter centre for homeless people re-opened in Truro this week partly paid for by donations raised at the Sleep Out event held at the Eden Project last month.
Nearly £9,000 was raised for the Cornwall-based homelessness charity St Petroc’s Society by participants at the Sleep Out on November 9. This was the fourth year running Eden has hosted a Sleep Out.
Around 100 fund-raisers slept outdoors in front of the Biomes as part of a nationwide event organised by the End Youth Homelessness campaign (EYH), a national partnership of grassroots charities and companies.
The sum has helped enable St Petroc’s to start its Cold Weather Provision programme, meaning that for the next two months people who would otherwise be sleeping out in the cold can bed down on the floor of the St Petroc’s Resource Centre in Truro.
The next step for St Petroc’s is to try to find permanent accommodation for people it takes into the centre. Last year 59 people accessed the winter service, of which 42 were then accommodated.
Judith Dumbrell, Director of Finance at St Petroc’s, said: “For homeless people these are the coldest, hardest months of the year.
“Our service relies upon the generosity of the local community for which we are truly grateful. The money raised at Sleep Out makes a real difference.”
Judith added: “Any donations of warm clothing, shoes, toiletries, or sleeping bags can be dropped into our Resource Centres in Truro or Penzance.”
Jess Rawlings, Project Manager of Sleep Out at Eden, said: “Thanks again to all who took part in the event. It is good to know that the funds raised are helping to make a real difference for the homeless people being helped by St Petroc’s right now and through the winter.”
Next year’s Sleep Out at Eden will take place on November 15, 2018.
To find out more about St Petroc’s, go to www.stpetrocs.org.uk.