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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 6th October 2018

Scouts Team up to Tackle Homelessness

This month, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers are joining forces to tackle homelessness across the area by holding a sponsored sleep out in order to raise money for the charity Porchlight helping assist those suffering without accommodation.

The ‘Kent Scouts Big Cardboard Sleep Out’ is happening on Friday 12th October in 22 separate locations (the Kent Scouts districts). The date has been chosen to tie in with World Homelessness Day earlier that week.

Between 2,500 and 3,500 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers will put themselves in the shoes of someone who’s homeless by sleeping outside with nothing but cardboard for protection.

It is guaranteed to be both a fun and cold event, and will also be an eye-opening experience about what people who live and sleep on the streets have to go through every day.

All those who complete the challenge will earn a special Porchlight Sleep Out badge to add to their uniforms.

Last year, Porchlight worked with 834 people sleeping on the streets of Kent. Five years ago, that number was just 148.

Money raised from the event could make a massive difference to the help Porchlight can give to people who are homeless and vulnerable.

• For more information about the Kent Scouts Big Cardboard Sleep Out – including how you can sponsor your local Scout group – visit www.porchlight.org.uk/ksso 

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