Co-op crew sleep rough in support of homeless

    OUT IN THE COLD (L-R) Pauline Taffurelli, Ian Richardson and Jak Hafernik slept on the streets of Tunbridge Wells

    STAFF at The Co-op Funeralcare in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells took to the streets last month to experience what it’s like to sleep rough – and raise £500 for a local homeless charity in the process.

    Workers at the local branches endured the cold and rain in Tunbridge Wells to support The Bridge Trust and gain an insight into what it’s like to be homeless.

    Ian Richardson said: “It was a real experience sleeping rough. What got us through the night was the promise of a warm home to go back to and a comfortable bed to climb into.

    “As it was a Friday night, the evening was eventful, with all types of characters so you could never really get to sleep properly.

    “Especially when the pubs and clubs emptied out – it could feel a little intimidating not knowing who was walking past next.

    “We heard, shouting, arguing and high-spirited people – which all added to the experience, but prevented any real deep sleep. Then the rain came!

    “I am so pleased we took part as it gives us a small window into the world of what it must really be like to be without a home or secure place to rest your head at night.”

    The Co-op Funeralcare are also donating useful items for residents who move on from The Bridge Trust, such as kitchen sets and toiletries.

    The Bridge Trust provides accommodation and support for local people who are homeless, and has provided shelter to over 700 people.

    It costs them £100 to house each person for one week, meaning that the company challenge has raised enough to house a person for a month.

    If you would like to make a donation, drop into The Co-op Funeralcare in Tonbridge or Tunbridge Wells. or look on their website: www.thebridgetrust.org.uk