£20,000 Raised In Car Park Sleep-Out

Swansea volunteers camped out in Tesco for homeless charities

Just under £20,000 has been raised by volunteers in Swansea who the night on Thursday 22nd February sleeping rough in a car park.

More than forty people signed up for The Wave & Swansea Sound's Cold Truth Campaign - raising awareness of homelessness across South Wales. 

The Wave's drivetime presenter Siany, along with volunteers slept out on one of the coldest nights of the year so far - where temperatures dropped to -3° celcius in Swansea.

Originally, the campaign's aim was to raise £5000 in the 12 hour sleep-out, but the team have already smashed their target, with donations still coming in.

Siany told us she is over the moon with the result.

"Thank you so much to everyone who donated, to everyone who volunteered.

"We were so cold and are exhausted this morning but it has all been worth it.

"With such an amazing result. The money will all go to local homeless charities.

"Thank you thank you thank you!"

See the photos from the night:

Kathryn Lane, SPI Executive at The Wave & Swansea Sound took part in the sleep out.

"The amount we have raised so far is amazing, people have been so generous. It's already three times more than we expected.

"At one point last night the temperature dropped to -3° with a -15° wind chill.

"There was a moment where St Johns Ambulance said if it was 1 degree colder they would have to call the whole thing off!

"We were lucky, and it didn't rain!"

As well as many volunteers taking part in the sleep out itself, Kath told us there was a lot of help behind the scenes to make the event happen.

"Once again it just shows the kindness of people we have in our community which is really humbling.

"Tata Steel were behind us from day one, Tesco Fforestfach let us use their facilities and even fed us at 4am, Costa Coffee kept us warm with drinks and bacon sandwiches in the morning.

"St Johns Ambulance were brilliant - they kept checking on everyone constantly throughout the night and 'Cariad' were amazing with this too and South Wales Police also volunteered their time to keep us safe."

"We even had local comedian Simon Emanuel keep us entertained!"

You can donate to the cause on Siany's JustGiving page here.

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