CCCU students sleep out to help the homeless

Students from Canterbury Christ Church University have raised £400 for the homeless.

Members of the CCCU boxing team organised a ‘sleep-out’ as part of a fundraising campaign to raise money for the local homelessness charity, Catching Lives.

“During our 12-hour event we started to develop a feeling for the rough daily lives of the homeless community and how we should all appreciate our living standards.”

The sleep-out lasted 12 hours starting at 8pm on Saturday the 23rd March and finishing at 8am the following morning.

The group were situated on Anselm Lawn at Christ Church’s Canterbury campus, and had nothing but sleeping bags and blankets for the whole night.

The students teamed together as temperatures dropped to nearly 2 degrees overnight, giving them a good idea as to what many experiences on a regular basis.

The boxing team said “during our 12-hour event we started to develop a feeling for the rough daily lives of the homeless community and how we should all appreciate our living standards.”

Christ Church students are following in the footsteps of many other universities such as Chester and Coventry who have already had successful charity sleep-outs in a bid to end homelessness.

Catching lives is an independent charity here in Canterbury aiming to help the rough sleepers, homeless and vulnerable housed across east Kent.

With Canterbury having the fifth highest rate of homeless deaths in the country in 2017, it’s no wonder the students wanted to do something to help with the local issue.

If you want to learn more or donate follow this link:

https://www.catchinglives.org/about-us/what-we-do/