Kieran Kelly | Digital Display Executive
The Manchester Sleepout is an annual charity event hosted by The Booth Centre – a charity that provides invaluable help and support to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Manchester. One evening every November, a group of people sleep outside the Manchester Cathedral, to raise money for the charity and to experience, very briefly, what it’s like to sleep rough.
I registered to do the Sleepout at the height of Summer, when I wasn’t really thinking about the cold, and was probably well oiled with some sunny beers. Then, November came around much quicker than I thought, and the temperature dropped just in time for the big night. I’d never done any charity fundraising before and homelessness is a massive issue in Manchester, so I thought it’d be good to get involved.
The other people taking part, as well as the volunteers who run it, help to make the experience a great one. It had rained all day but stopped about 10pm – which was when we made our way outside to put down our cardboard and get comfy. It was bloody cold, but we were safe in the knowledge that it was only temporary, our shoes weren’t going to get stolen while we slept, and that at 6am we were going to be eating some bacon sandwiches.