I’ve been proud to call Hull my home for many years now. I love this and the regeneration it’s seen since being named as the UK City Of Culture has truly warmed my heart. The city’s prosperity has not been universally enjoyed though. Despite the property boom and Hull’s emergence as a housing hotspot the number of people sleeping rough in the city has reached an all-time high in 2018. According to local homeless charity HARP, the number of rough sleepers in Hull has quadrupled in just seven years. This leaves Hull having the second highest level of homelessness in Yorkshire – a situation described as a “catastrophe” by a national homelessness charity.
CEO Sleepout Hull 2018
Hull’s been good to me and I’ve always believed in trying to give something back when I can, so when I heard about the CEO Sleepout I was only too happy to take part. CEO Sleepout is a national charity that encourages local business leaders to give up their beds for the night in order to raise money for their local area. In Hull’s case this meant spending the night in the home of both Hull City FC and Hull City RFL, the KCOM Stadium. I, along with 40 other business people from the area, aimed to raise £1,000 each to help raise much-needed funds for this great charity.
CEO Sleepout Hull 2018 – 15th November
As predicted it was a dry and relatively mild night for the time of year. Though when sleeping out (not that I got much sleep!) in mid-November it was hardly cosy. As you can see from the videos below.
And I Managed To Raise…
This will doubtless go down as one of the most uncomfortable nights of my life. Despite the camaraderie of my fellow volunteers and the relatively mild weather, it was a tough and humbling experience. Doing it on a voluntary basis for one night isn’t easy, I thought, so what must it be like for those poor souls who are forced to do it night after night? It certainly made me think and it’s made me appreciate even more the good things this great city has given me.
On the bright side I did manage to raise £685 which will go to help people who need it. If you’d like to donate my page is still open and you can donate by clicking here.