Storm Ciara brought strong gusts and near-freezing temperatures this week but luckily most of us were able to tum up our heating and hide under our duvets.
Tragically, that is not the case for everyone in our city. Some people – including teenagers- were forced to sleep on our streets during last week’s adverse weather.
With little protection from the biting winds and strong gusts, the city’s freezing pavements and doorways were used as makeshift beds by dozes of homeless people.
So to help raise awareness for this often forgotten section of the community, one charity is staging a sleep out this week.
Luckily by tomorrow (Thursday 13 February), when the event is taking place at Ashton Gate Stadium, temperatures will have risen to around 6C and there is no forecast for rain.
Land Aid, which aims to end young people sleeping rough, is hosting sleeps outs in Bristol, Birmingham and London this month.
Paul Morrish, Chief Executive, LandAid, said: “I am delighted that we are bringing our SleepOut series to multiple locations across the UK this time around. Last year’s event provided a truly impactful opportunity to raise money to help vulnerable young people across the UK.
“I hope to see as many of you as possible sleeping out for one night with all of us to help make changes to young people’s lives which will last a lifetime.”
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