Sleep-out raises money for those in need

Share Button

Swapping a warm bed for a cold night on the streets. Pic © Scarlett O’Toole, JMU Journalism

People in Birkenhead swapped their warm beds for a cold night outside on Friday, to raise money for the Charles Thompson Mission.

The charity looks after the homeless and needy across the Wirral and more than a hundred locals supported the cause this year.

Bernie Frost, the centre manager, told JMU Journalism: “We had 120 people come along and they will have been sponsored to sleep outside for the evening.

“Some of the homeless people slept inside the mission, so it was a little bit of a swap around.”

People slept outside in the centre’s car park.

The charity will find out how much the sleep-out has made on December 20th 2019, when donations are due to be in. Last year, Charles Thompson Mission’s sleep-out raised £26,000.

YouTube: Scarlett O’Toole

The mission is open seven days a week and provides food, clothes, furniture and health services to those in need in the Wirral. They also give away food hampers at Christmas time.

Mr Frost told JMU Journalism: “We have a nurse who comes in and a GP. We also have a dentist once a month and an optician.

He revealed that numbers had to be capped for the event as it had proved so popular, saying: “We had to push people away. We only had so many spaces that we could accommodate.”

The charity receives no government funding and instead relies on donations from members of the public.

Mr Frost told JMU Journalism: “We’ve run on donations for the last 126 years.”

Charles Thompson Mission is specifically on the lookout for second-hand trousers, size medium to large.

The centre has also been receiving shoe boxes for Christmas. Mr Frost told JMU Journalism: “We suggest putting a little treat in there. It’s nice to be able to do that.”

About Scarlett O'Toole, JMU Journalism