On 8 December, five HIAL staff braved the cold weather and slept out in Dundee, raising money to fight homelessness throughout Scotland.
Andrew Lindsay and Derrick Lang from Dundee Airport, Darren MacLeod from Head Office, and Christy Ross and Karleigh Ross from Wick John O’Groats all volunteered and are pictured above.
So far the team have raised £5250 but donations are being accepted until Christmas Eve at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/hial
The organisers, Social Bite, work alongside local authorities and the Scottish Government to shape policy for all of Scotland. With 4 simultaneous sleep out events being held this year, the funds raised will be invested in programs to get rough sleepers and homeless people into housing and a raft of other initiatives. Building on funds invested from last year, Social Bite hope to be able to bring over 1,000 people off the streets as a direct result of the fundraising efforts.
Derrick Lang, Airport Manager at Dundee Airport said, “Andrew and I did it to challenge ourselves but also to raise awareness on homelessness – and it also felt a good thing to do to raise money for these individuals.
It was OK to start with but when it started getting colder it was uncomfortable. I slept for around 3-4 hours and Andrew claims he didn’t get any sleep at all (he did say it was due to my snoring!). In all seriousness it did make you think about someone who does this night in night out. We were lucky as we had warm clothing and sleeping bags, hot drinks on tap and the option to go home to central heating afterwards – the homeless people out there don’t have that option.
It’s also good to note that from this the money will stay in Dundee to make 100 homes available for homeless people to use in the area.”