Twenty staff from Excalibur Communications spent a December night in sleeping bags outside their office to raise money for Threshold Housing link and Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
The volunteer’s action comes in the same week that Shelter announced that there are more than a quarter of a million homeless people in the UK.
Staff from every department within the Swindon based unified comms provider took part, staying outside between 8pm and 8am.
Afterwards, CEO James Phipps said, ‘After the recent cold snap, I think we were extremely lucky that the overnight temperatures were around double figures. But to think how night after night, homeless people often have to cope during winter in sub-zero conditions – not to mention the dangers of sleeping rough - is beyond most of us. Psychologically, it was easy for us knowing that this was just for one night, but it still made the Excalibur team think long and hard about how tough it must be when the streets are somebody’s home and how vulnerable these people are.’
Wiltshire Air Ambulance receive no government funding and have provided a life-saving service across the county and beyond, havin already been on well over 600 missions this year. Threshold Housing Link, a local independent charity provides emergency short, medium and long-term accommodation to single homeless people in Swindon.