Sleepout plans a step closer

Jordan Bruce, who is planning a sleepout to raise funds for Shelter.'Staff photograph
Jordan Bruce, who is planning a sleepout to raise funds for Shelter.'Staff photograph

A local student’s plans to hold a sleepout in Montrose to raise funds for homeless charity Shelter have moved a step closer.

Jordan Bruce, an art and design student at Angus College, decided to organise the event after seeing the scale of the problem in the Hungarian capital Budapest during a recent college trip.

To find out local people’s opinions and knowledge of homelessness, he took to the High Street on a Saturday afternoon where friend Blayre Mackellar posed as a homeless person to help draw attention to the project.

He has now registered the event, which he plans to hold on Saturday, August 17, as an official fund-raiser with Shelter and is encouraging friends, family and the community to take part.

“Shelter are really supportive of it and now I just have to find people to take part. I’m spreading the word and have set up a Facebook page, and a lot of people seem to be up for it as it’s not something they would normally do.

“I’ve around 12 definites at the moment and a few ‘maybes’ but I’ve handed out a few sponsor forms already and friends at college seem excited about it, which is good. I’ve even had a few older people saying they want to take part.”

Participants would be expected to wear appropriate layers of clothing to stay warm.

He said: “The whole idea is to get the homeless experience but if people use their phones, it wouldn’t reflect that.”

Sponsor forms are available from the Shelter shop at 28-30 High Street and further information is available online at http://m.facebook.com/events/437713466312566?_mn_=10&refid=25