On Friday 10th March St Basils is holding its third Solihull Sleepout event to raise money to help prevent youth homelessness across Solihull. Over 200 people have registered so far representing local businesses, social groups, and schools from the Solihull area. The event is being held again in the covered car park of the Renewal Church in Solihull. Last year’s event was a huge success raising over £5,000 which has been used for various projects in the Solihull borough including helping support young people to become truly independent and get back into education, work and training. One of the sleepers set to take part in this year’s event is Councillor Ken Hawkins (pictured), the Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment, Housing & Regeneration.
Mr. Hawkins said “I am so pleased to be able to support St Basils at the Solihull Sleep out this year. Homelessness can be addressed and St Basils plays a major part in helping to find secure and safe accommodation for people in Solihull and Birmingham. The more we can help organisations like St Basils, the better outcomes our homeless people, and those at risk of homelessness will have".
The St Basils Head of Fundraising and Communications, Mr. Barrie Hodge said “We are delighted
that the Renewal Church is hosting this event again. The location is perfect in the sense that it takes place in a huge covered car park warehouse, so though cold will remain dry which means that participants can be really expressive with building their shelters for the night. We always run a Creative Cardboard Competition for the best dwelling judged on the night and it can get quite competitive!"
Pictured are: Samantha Doras, Social Action Co-ordinator at Renewal Church, Cllr Ken Hawkins and Barrie Hodge, Head of Fundraising at St Basils, with our mascot Basil Bear.