Those who joined Simon on The Streets’ Little Sleep In could do so anywhere in their home or garden – and they rose to the challenge, resulting in the sum of £10,000 to help this worthwhile charity with its work.
One fundraiser who certainly impressed was Toby Hunter. Toby is just six years old and raised £225. Toby’s mum, Sam, said:
“Toby took part in the Little Sleep In after were made aware of the event by one of the Leeds outreach workers. He slept in our lounge in a beach tent.
We feel that living in a world where everything is at the tip of your fingers, it is important that Toby understands not to take any of that for granted and understands that not everyone is as fortunate as him.
Taking part in fundraising activities and other charity events helps him to understand this in a fun way which helps him remember the event and talks about it to other people, raising awareness of charities.”
Fahad Khan, development manager at Simon on the Streets, said:
“To have raised almost £10,000 is a fantastic achievement. We’re so grateful to Toby and everyone who took part in the Little Sleep In.
Since events have stopped, our fundraising has diminished and so these funds will go a long way to enable our outreach workers to continue to support the most vulnerable people living on our streets.”
The charity supports homeless and vulnerable people throughout Leeds, Bradford and Kirklees. Its team of six full time outreach keyworkers provide emotional and practical support and continue to support rough sleepers during the Covid-19 pandemic.