The OVO Foundation Sleepout 2014
By The OVO Foundation Monday 22 December 2014
We love Bristol. It's been a wonderful home for us since our earliest days, and its people and personality help inform everything we do. So when we heard about an opportunity to use our charitable arm The OVO Foundation to help tackle homelessness in our city we jumped at the chance.
Last month Centrepoint UK ran the National Sleep Out, a countrywide campaign that saw events hosted in 13 cities across the UK. The campaign was designed to raise awareness of the the country’s need for affordable, attainable housing, employment and training opportunities and appropriate support services for young homeless people.
We were honoured to be able to help run and host - in partnership with our fantastic local charity partner 1625 Independent People, who have helped 15,000 young people over 31 years - the Bristol version of the event. We rallied the troops, and on November 6th, over 100 people made the trip to spend the night at Bristol’s Temple Meads station’s car park. 30 OVO staff were on hand to help out, having volunteered to give up their time to help run the event alongside 1625ip volunteers and staff.
Over the course of the night there was live local music, and some incredible talks from ex-service users who have been helped by 1625 Independent people who gave first hand accounts of their experiences.
It was a humbling experience, and we are overjoyed to have helped raise over £24,000 so far. We’ll continue to use The OVO Foundation to tackle issues that are important to us, and will take every opportunity to give something back to the city that we call our home.
If you’d like to hear more about the work that 1625 Independent People does in Bristol, you can do so here.
A huge thank you to everyone who slept out, and everyone who kindly donated. You really helped make a difference.