Staff at the University of Sussex have donated thousands of pounds to local charities after two of their colleagues braved the elements last weekend to help raise awareness about the growing issue of homelessness in Brighton and Hove.
Thanks to this generosity, the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, Kelly Coate, has already smashed her £500 fundraising target – but there’s still time for others to donate and increase the total.
Professor Coate was joined by the University’s Director of Library Services Jane Harvell as well as senior managers from more than a dozen Brighton and Hove-based organisations for the fundraiser in aid of the four charities being supported by Cllr Dee Simson during her year as Brighton and Hove mayor.
Participants in the overnight CEO Spring Sleepout outside the i360 on Saturday (6 April) were allowed only a sleeping bag, pillow and cardboard sheet for comfort.
Professor Coate said she was motivated to take part by the sight of the increasingly visible community of rough sleepers in the city she has called home for six years, plus the passion she has seen from Sussex students determined to do something to help tackle the growing issue.