“I’d have been homeless without mhs; their Big Sleep Out is a great idea”.

 

We’ve got a team sleeping out in January, to raise awareness and funds for Kent-based charity Porchlight and it’s something that 67-year-old resident Len Cripps understands all too well.

Len was homeless and faced a difficult life on the streets, after splitting up with his wife.

“I was divorced and homeless, eventually was in a bedsit with five drug users”, he said.

But he then applied for a home via Kent Homechoice and was offered a flat in a supported living scheme in 2007 and has been a resident of ours for ten years.

“It was good when I actually got an offer of a mhs home – and it’s been good ever since.

I was very happy and pleased to know that I’d have a roof over my head”.

Len Cripps, resident

Stories like Len’s are testament to the work we do, to provide affordable housing for the people who need it most.

“There’s a problem with homelessness and I think the sleep out that mhs are doing is a great idea”, he said.

We hold a Big Sleep Out every other year, to help highlight the difficulties of homelessness.

“We’re proud to be supporting Porchlight through our Big Sleep Out; we want to raise funds and help highlight the incredible work that they do. We’re thankful to all those involved and all those who’ve donated equipment or sponsored”.

Ashley Hook, Chief Executive at mhs homes

The Big Sleep Out will take place from 7pm on Saturday 20 January and 49 people have already signed up to take part.

“We are so grateful to mhs homes for supporting us with their sleep out. By getting sponsored to sleep outside in the cold for one night, all the participants will be helping to raise money for people who have no choice but to sleep out every night. With the funds raised Porchlight will be able to help more people come in from the cold and into a more positive future”.

Kate Boulding, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Porchlight

The last Big Sleep Out, held in 2016 raised more than £9,000 which was divided between our charity of 2016, Pancreatic Cancer UK and Shelter.


And this year we’re hoping to top it and reach £10,000, which will make a huge difference to homeless people in Kent, like Len.

“mhs really have changed my life – very much so. If I met someone in the same situation as me I’d say ‘go for it’, I wasn’t sure when I first did it but I put my mind in the right order and I’ve never looked back.”, he said.

To find out more about our Big Sleep Out click here.