At Hope Kitchen we know what a fantastic job The Seaview Project does for homeless and marginalized people in Hastings and St Leonards. So when we heard about The Big Sleep to raise funds for Seaview we were delighted to give our support. Many Hope Kitchen volunteers gave sponsorship money and two brave souls agreed to join the sleep-out with nearly 150 others on The Stade in late September.
Before trying to sleep we were offered some hot soup, entertained by live music and finally told a bedtime story.
Fortunately it was a mild, dry night with light winds and temperatures not dropping below 10 degrees centigrade. However, even with many layers of clothes and a sleeping bag it felt quite cold and very uncomfortable. Sleeping in and on cardboard boxes is not conducive to sleep and when you have a neighbour whose snoring was measured in many decibels the night seemed very long and cold. It was great to be “woken” at 6am and given some hot porridge to start the day.
I then drove home for a hot shower, more breakfast and could catch up on some sleep in a warm bed. It really made me appreciate what a hard time rough sleepers have doing this every day and in much worse weather. As well as raising money for a really good cause my Big “Sleep” made me count my blessings and thank God for a warm, dry house. I hope Seaview, Hope Kitchen, Snowflake and many other agencies continue to work to support those who are homeless and poorly housed in this area, so everyone has the opportunity to have a Big Sleep in somewhere safe which they can call home.