The Mayor’s Charity Sleep Out

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While a night under the stars might sound like a fairy-tale setting, the reality is far from the truth.

Across the capital thousands of people sleep rough and to highlight the issue the Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Kareema Marikar hosted her Charity Sleep Out on Friday 2 November.

For one night only, the Mayor, along with the Leader of Harrow Council, Cllr Graham Henson, fellow councillors, staff and members of the public slept outside the Civic Centre with cardboard, sleeping bags and bundles of layers but that didn’t stop them from feeling the cold weather. Despite the near freezing temperatures, their solidarity earned a fantastic £785 for FirmFoundation, a local charity which supports the homeless in Harrow.

Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Kareema Marikar said:

“We only slept outside for one night and found it tough but it breaks my heart knowing that there are people sleeping rough on the streets day in and day out on these cold winter nights. It’s why I wanted people to understand how much we take for granted and get an experience of what it is like to spend the night sleeping on the street. My thanks to everyone who took part and raised money for a good cause to help homeless people.”

It is estimated that around 4,750 people slept rough across England in 2017 - this event was a great way to highlight the national issue.

If you see someone who is homeless, please alert our Housing Advice Team by emailing housing.advice@harrow.gov.uk and they will reach out to the person for support. Or if you would like to make a special appeal to FirmFoundation, one of the Mayor’s chosen charities, you can email the Mayor’s Office, mayor@harrow.gov.uk.