The initiative, which started in January, was extended until 30th March, but now the rough sleepers must return to the streets. Both The London and Slough Run and SHOC, are proud to have kept up to 25 people indoors on the coldest nights of the year.
Currently, in Slough there are 40 rough sleepers – men, women and even teenagers. The numbers reached this record high in a relatively short space of time following policy changes which allow other boroughs to send homeless people to Slough.
John Power, Chairman, The London and Slough Run, said: “For 63 nights, we can be grateful that up to 25 people did not have to endure the bitter cold, the rain and winds. We know that some of our guests were able to make positive moves to help themselves get off the streets permanently – simply by keeping off the streets at night enabled them to find longer-term solutions.”
Funding this venture is a huge challenge, and both The London and Slough Run and SHOC need help to pay for the winter shelter which is now planned for next year. Watch this space for more fundraising initiatives throughout the year, but any interim donations can be made through http://www.justgiving.com/LondonandSloughRun