Cardiff Metropolitan University staff and students held a 'Big Sleep Out' on Monday 14th March, to raise money for Llamau, who offer support to homeless and vulnerable people in Wales.
Students and staff from Cardiff Met's School of Education set up home for the night, outside NIAC on Cyncoed campus. With temperatures dipping to around freezing, they kept warm with plastic bags, cardboard boxes and sleeping bags. By taking part in the event, they hope to raise awareness of the work and support Llamau provide throughout Wales.
Thanks to generous donations, the school was able to raise vital funds for the charity – almost £400 so far with more donations coming in this week.
An established charity with head offices in Cardiff but projects across Wales, Llamau has been working for 30 years to offer support, help, accommodation and housing advice to homeless and vulnerable young people and women in Wales.
Staff and Students from Early Childhood Studies, Education Studies, Bio-Medical Science, Psychology, Youth & Community Work and English & Creative Writing have organised various other events throughout this week, including cake sales, an enterprise day, pyjama day for a selection of other charities, including Ty Hafan and Sport Relief.
Ieuan Gardiner, Cardiff School of Education Student Representative, helped to organise the event. He commented on its success, "Taking part in this event, really highlighted to us how lucky we are. There were times during the night we all felt like giving up but knowing it was all for such a good cause made it worthwhile. We would like to thank everyone for their generous donations and to all the staff and students who joined in with the 'big sleep out' and the other events during the week, thank you!"
If you would like to donate, you can do so via our Just Giving page here.