PwC Uxbridge joins The Big Sleep Out in aid of Trinity.
More than 30 staff from PwC Uxbridge slept out overnight to support homeless charity Trinity, a local organisation that offers shelter and food, as well as opportunities for people to get into employment.
This is the second year that PwC’s Uxbridge office staff have backed Trinity, joining over 900 people in the annual event to help the homeless in the local Hillingdon area. The borough currently has the third highest level of homelessness, nationwide.
The venue for this year’s Big Sleep Out was the Hillingdon Athletics Stadium and on a cold and windy Friday, business representatives and individuals spend the night in cardboard boxes alongside people who face the reality of sleeping rough every day. Those sleeping rough for just one night included actor Shane Ritchie who was homeless as a teenager.
PwC’s Kate Conibere, who organised the Uxbridge office participation, said she found the whole situation very moving:
“I took part in the event last year as well so I knew already that you must be in a really desperate situation to choose living on the streets.
“Trinity read out the names of everyone who had died on the streets this year and the list included five people in Slough alone who died in the last three months. I spoke to a man who was friends with three of those five, which I found quite upsetting.”
The Big Sleep Out is part of a wider fundraising programme PwC Uxbridge is running to raise money for Trinity, where events have included bake sales, Halloween costume day and auction prize donations by Directors and Partners. So far, PwC staff have raised more than £17,000 for Trinity.