Last month, over 400 Bethany volunteers from across Scotland gave up their beds for one night to take part in the Bethany Sleepout. So far, an incredible £37,611.24 has been raised to transform even more lives across Scotland.

Jennifer, one of the events participants who voluntarily braved the cold for the night blogs about her experience:

As midnight approached it was time to get into our sleeping bags and attempt to sleep. It was around five degrees, and as I lay there in the cold I realised how difficult it must be to  get a decent night sleep when you are sleeping rough. We were lucky, it didn’t rain. And it could have been colder.

I was in the safety of company, but I could only imagine what it would be like to lie there alone – with fear for your safety. It must be so hard.

I lay awake for four hours. There’s a lot of time to think when you can’t sleep – I started imagining what a person sleeping rough might be thinking on one of  those sleepless nights.

Perhaps they wondered how they got there, perhaps they worry about when they’ll next eat, perhaps their hearts are heavy at the prospect of a tomorrow that resembles today. It must be very difficult to find any joy from the present when you’re in that situation.

I’m speculating because that’s all I can do. It was only one night but it gave me an insight into what it might be like for many people who don’t have the luxury of a roof over their heads and an appreciation of just how lucky I am.

There is still time to donate and help those who have no choice but to sleep out. Click here to donate