Airbus team spends night under stars for homeless charity
Sleep out raises more than £7,000 for Julian House.
A group from Airbus in Filton swapped the comfort of their own beds to spend a night under the stars to raise funds that will help men and women facing homelessness.
With several layers of clothing and some cardboard boxes for protection, the group experienced freezing December conditions to raise more than £7,000 for the Julian House charity which supports people without a home or who are facing homelessness across the South West of England.
Julian House is a homeless charity that provides more than 20 different projects across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset, Wilshire and Devon which help rough sleepers and people that would otherwise be homeless.
One of the Airbus fundraisers was Mark Stewart, UK General Manager and HR Director. He said: “I found it to be a salutary experience – we tried it for just one night and even then the weather was relatively kind, but for too many people this is an everyday routine.
“That’s why charities like Julian House are so important and we’re pleased to offer our support to their work this evening.”
Welcoming Airbus’ support, Joanne Bamford from Julian House said: “By joining us and being part of the Sleep Out, the team from Airbus have raised much needed sponsorship which will help people that have direct experience of homelessness, poor mental health and substance misuse problems to rebuild their lives again.”
“Many of the men and women we help have been homeless but one night doesn’t come close to the stark reality of what many of our clients have faced. Julian House provide vulnerable people with safe, supportive accommodation in Bristol and because of support from the public and companies like Airbus, they can now look forward to a better future
Emma Broughton from Airbus in Filton, who organised the Sleep Out for Airbus said: “No-one is under any illusion that spending a night sleeping outside could possibly replicate what it is like to be homeless and on the streets, but we hope our support will help Julian House to continue to prevent homelessness in Bristol.”