Last Friday saw 68 volunteers in Glasgow and Edinburgh brave the cold and Sleep Out to Speak Out against homelessness.

So far, the Bethany Sleep Outs have raised an amazing £16k towards Bethany’s vital work with homeless people in Scotland.

Both the Glasgow and Edinburgh sites felt treacherous weather conditions on Friday night, with very cold temperatures and rain, which only served to demonstrate the very real difficulties experienced by homeless people who are forced to sleep rough every night.

Among those who took part in Edinburgh were a group of 13 called the Wildlife Explorers who put their skills to the test in the shelter building competition. Volunteers from the Bethany Care Van showed their support again this year, and in Glasgow, two hockey teams from Strathclyde University joined forces and slept throughout the night in the middle of the City Chambers, under the pouring rain!

Glasgow Resettlement Worker, Shona, shared her experiences with us: “I was apprehensive beforehand. I like my creature comforts and I didn’t think it was going to be an enjoyable experience. When we arrived my nerves settled because I was immediately offered tea and biscuits and because everyone taking part was in the same boat we immediately bonded! My favourite moment of the night was making a cardboard fort. It was funny working as a team to build it and it helped me form friendships quicker.”

Well done and thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s Big Bethany Sleep Out!