Members of a Clitheroe Scout group have realised the difficulties faced by young homeless people in East Lancashire after taking part in Nightsafe’s Sleep In.
Dave Mellor, Scout Leader, said the unit took part after being told about the Blackburn-based charity by Harry Lee – one of their members and Youth Ambassador for Nighsafe.
10 scouts and two leaders from 1st Clitheroe Scouts took part in the Sleep In during lockdown. They slept in their own homes on the floor, in tents in the garden, sofa and in one case in the bath!
Dave said: “Some did it to see what the experience would be like, whilst others were sponsored to raise money for Nightsafe. It highlighted that some youngsters are less fortunate than they are and allowed them raise money for a worthy cause if they wanted to.
In the discussions we had before the event the scouts were quite shocked that young people of similar age to them had nowhere to live or sleep. The charity is local to Clitheroe and helps people of a similar age to the Scouts – so it is easier for them to relate to.”
“They enjoyed the adventure of the Sleep In – but agreed afterwards that doing it for one night might be fun but doing it every night would not be.”
Sponsorship varied, with some Scouts raising as much as £200 for taking part, which was paid directly to the charity.
1st Clitheroe Scouts are already considering another event to highlight the plight of young homeless people supported by Nightsafe.
Jan Larkin, CEO of Nightsafe, said: “We really appreciate the support from 1st Clitheroe Scouts. Nightsafe helps young people like them who have found themselves with nowhere to live and nowhere to call home. Homelessness can happen to anyone and the donations from our supporters enable us to continue to provide essential support to those who need our help.”