Five of Edinburgh and Glasgow’s creative agencies have pledged to raise more than £15,000 to help end homelessness in Scotland
Five of Edinburgh and Glasgow’s creative agencies have pledged to raise more than £15,000 to help end homelessness in Scotland as part of Social Bite’s ‘Sleep in the Park’ on 9 December.
Organised by Social Bite co-founder Josh Littlejohn MBE, Sleep in the Park will see 9,000 people take to Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens to spend a night out in the cold. By funding social projects, such as The Social Bite Academy, the charitable organisation aims to provide housing for Scotland’s 11,000 homeless, within the next 5 years.
Creative agencies Represent, The Leith Agency, Taste Design, Whitespace and Stripe, will join forces and brave the elements to raise funds that will go towards creating homes for thousands of people around Scotland.
Gearing up for the challenge, Represent Managing Director, Judith O’Leary, said: “Although this is a one-off challenge for us, for many across Scotland, sleeping rough is a nightly reality. That’s why we are incredibly proud to be supporting Social Bite village as an initiative that’s really making a difference when it comes to putting an end to homelessness across Scotland.”
The money raised from Sleep in the Park will be invested into housing solutions, a nationwide jobs program, addiction rehabilitation facilities, and outreach and engagement with the homeless community.
Littlejohn said: “Sleep in the Park is about bringing the people of Scotland together for one night to support a single cause, and it’s great to see all of these companies coming together for the greater good.
“I’m so grateful for the support and extend a huge thank you to everyone who is participating. There is still time to sign up, and I would urge other businesses and individuals who would like to take part to join our movement.”
Liam Gallagher, Amy Macdonald, Deacon Blue and Frightened Rabbit will be providing musical entertainment and participants who raise more than £5,000 will also receive a bedtime story read to them by John Clease.