In October, Gloucester Rugby supported World Homeless day by hosting a sleepout in the Compeed Shed.
The Gloucester Rugby Foundation raised £4303 and the money raised has been split between the Gloucester Rugby Foundation and Gloucester City Mission.
The money raised will contribute to Gloucester City Mission’s winter shelter which opened last week. The winter shelter will provide 15 beds per night for 122 nights through the coldest months of the year from December 1 to March 31.
Kevin Howie, Gloucester City Mission General Manager said, “We are absolutely delighted that once again we have been able to work closely with the Gloucester Rugby Foundation and Gloucester Rugby.
“The money raised will go directly towards the £30,000 it costs us to run the city’s Winter Shelter. This shelter offers emergency beds to those who would otherwise be rough sleeping this winter. It also offers rough sleepers somewhere to get three meals, showers, laundry facilities and signposting to other support networks.”
Helen Chu, Community and Foundation Manager, was really pleased with how the event went.
“The sleepout was a great event and everyone at the Gloucester Rugby Foundation is pleased to be supporting such a great charity that is so close to the community.
“We would like to thank everyone who took part and supported the event and we look forward to making the sleepout even bigger and better again next year.
"The Foundation will continue to support people affected by homelessness through their Homeless Rugby team as well as the development of other projects that are in the pipeline with Gloucester City Mission."