This Saturday 8th December, I will shun the comfort on my warm bed and instead sleep outside in Aberdeen’s Duthie Park. No, I haven’t had some sort of break down, there will be lots of other people there with me, including colleagues and friends from work, as we take part in Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park.
Social Bite is a charity that I’ve supported regularly over the last few years; I no longer spend money on Christmas cards, instead choosing to buy Christmas dinner for people that are homeless in various cities across Scotland. That’s an initiative that Social Bite started doing a few years ago in partnership with Itison. It’s a really easy way to donate to charity, and in 2016 over 36,000 meals were donated, more than doubling to 73,000 meals in 2017. I’ll be donating again this Christmas, but I figured that I could do more – hence the sleeping-outside-in-December thing.
Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park started last year in Edinburgh; 8,000 people joined the world’s largest sleep out in Princes St Gardens to raise £4 Million and call for an end to homelessness in Scotland. Now, Social Bite is taking this event across four Scottish cities; Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen. They are asking 12,000 people to take their sleeping bags and wrap up for a night on the streets this December. By doing this, we want to raise money to allow Social Bite’s work to end homelessness in Scotland to continue, and accelerate. In their words, “We want to make Scotland an example for the whole world to follow. We’re a small country. A nation of innovators. The statistics of homelessness in Scotland are not insurmountable.”
If you have any spare pennies, we would really appreciate any and all donations to our fundraising efforts. Find out more about Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park here, and send us your spare pennies here.