On Friday 18th of September, Total Linguistics’ Directors Michelle Daniel and Eleanor Bagust swapped the comfort of their warm beds for a night sleeping on the streets of Sheffield City Centre. The purpose of the sleep out, organised by the Sheffield Archer Project, was to raise awareness and money for the homeless and vulnerable in Sheffield.
Thanks to the generous donations from their supporters the pair raised a fantastic £831.26, which will go towards funding some of the vital services the charity provides such as food, showers, laundry, fresh clothes and access to medical services.
The night itself was an insightful and thoughtful experience for the two directors,
‘It was both thought-provoking and saddening to meet homeless people in Sheffield. The reasons people end up on the streets are so varied. Clients of the project showed us where they slept, often behind bins in dark alleyways. They explained some of the issues they faced on a daily basis such as not being able to get dry if it rains or the constant fear of being attacked’ Michelle explained.
Eleanor also added ‘We were able to come home in the morning and have a warm shower and clean clothes, the thought of not having somewhere safe and warm to go to every evening is unimaginable. Going through this has given us a small glimpse of what it is like to be on the streets and has made us so much more aware of the issue'.
Huge thank you to Michelle and Ellie for joining us and raising a fantastic amount to help the homeless in Sheffield.