Raising money for homelessness: Mervyn's story
Published - 1 July 2019
Here Mervyn shares his story:
“This is the third time in the past four years that I have taken part in this event. I slept rough myself years ago, so I sympathise with anyone that finds themselves in that situation. It left me mentally and psychologically scarred. I was abused during this time, something which I have never gotten
over. This is something which I feel that homeless people should be aware of as sleeping rough leaves people in a dangerous situation.
“We arrived at 6.30pm and the event started at 7pm. There were singers until 10pm as well as a penalty shoot out and canteen. There were about forty people taking part as well as me, including children this year. There was a mist that started about 9 o’clock so conditions were damp and we settled down about 11 o’clock to sleep. We were woken up at 6.30 and had a McDonald’s breakfast delivered to us.
“I raised £100 in sponsorship. Unfortunately, due to my health I will no longer be able to participate. But I will now concentrate on helping the Air Ambulance and Macmillans.