Basildon sponsored sleep-out

Darren Jensen working in the shelter

Kind-hearted Trust staff are preparing to spend a night sleeping under the stars, to raise awareness and vital funds for Basildon’s homeless community.

The team, led by senior emergency medical technician (EMT) Darren Jensen, will bed down in the grounds of Trinity Methodist Church on Friday 29th November. They will swap places with members of the local homeless community, who will be welcomed inside the church, to sleep safely in the warmth for the night.

The annual event, called “A mile in my shoes”, has been arranged by a group of church volunteers called Project 58.7. Its aim is to raise money, to provide hot dinners for people who are homeless or struggling to provide for themselves, as well as funds to help towards the cost of running local shelters.

Darren (pictured with shelter staff), has been working closely with homeless people over the past two years, to improve their access to healthcare and other services.

He said: “Each year, the amazing volunteers at our community shelters work tirelessly to raise the funds to buy food, as well as other vital items, to help and support the local homeless community.

“Together with other volunteers, we will be spending the night in sleeping bags and tents to raise awareness of what this community go through, as well as much-needed funds. Last year, the event raised £3,500 – and I’m hoping with EEAST’s support, we can smash through that total this time around.

“I would be really grateful for any sponsorship I receive, as it will make a huge difference to people for whom a sleeping bag is also their home. It will also help to support the shelters during this winter, as well as going some way towards funding their fantastic work as we roll into 2020. Thanks in advance for all your help and support.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Darren, please visit his fundraising page.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved, or supporting the project in any other way, can contact Chris Locke on 07949 153123 or by emailing

Published 6th November 2019

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