Staff at the University of Sussex have donated thousands of pounds to local charities after two of their colleagues braved the elements last weekend to help raise awareness about the growing issue of homelessness in Brighton and Hove.
Thanks to this generosity, the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, Kelly Coate , has already smashed her £500 fundraising target - but there’s still time for others to donate and increase the total.
Professor Coate was joined by the University’s Director of Library Services Jane Harvell as well as senior managers from more than a dozen Brighton and Hove-based organisations for the fundraiser in aid of the four charities being supported by Cllr Dee Simson during her year as Brighton and Hove mayor.
Participants in the overnight CEO Spring Sleepout outside the i360 on Saturday (6 April) were allowed only a sleeping bag, pillow and cardboard sheet for comfort.
Professor Coate said she was motivated to take part by the sight of the increasingly visible community of rough sleepers in the city she has called home for six years, plus the passion she has seen from Sussex students determined to do something to help tackle the growing issue.
She said: “The number of homeless people in Brighton and Hove has increased noticeably in recent years and actually increased quite a lot very recently. You feel very helpless when you’re walking past in parts of Brighton when there’s lots of homeless people in a small area and you can’t help everyone.
“I also know how important it is to the students at Sussex. The students have told us it’s among their priorities and I know that students are actively involved in supporting homeless charities themselves.
“Brighton has such a great community spirit. I see a lot of people helping, stopping, talking to homeless people, offering them food but unfortunately it’s not enough and we need to do more. That moment of kindness is great in itself but it does not solve the issue.
“That’s why I want to raise money for the charities that will be able to run the structures that can support them for a lot longer.”
One of the mayor’s chosen charities is Off The Fence , which offers spiritual, practical and emotional support to homeless people in the city.
The fundraiser also benefited three other good causes being supported by Cllr Simson: Martlets , Rockinghorse and Grace Eyre.
You can help these four charities when you donate to Professor Kelly Coate’s CEO Sleepout.
My bed for the night. Not too cold. . . yet! https://t.co/4LBMznDsNl pic.twitter.com/akMyOZpR9u— Kelly Coate (@kellycoate) April 6, 2019
Nearly 4am. That’s @jharvell somewhere in there. pic.twitter.com/f8yfgbU5CB— Kelly Coate (@kellycoate) April 7, 2019
Touché...sun is coming up pic.twitter.com/STb7kVZ92r— Jane Harvell (@jharvell) April 7, 2019
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Last updated: Thursday, 11 April 2019
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