I’ve come up with the perfect antidote so that our supporters don’t experience physical discomfort, compromise their dignity, or do something extreme like playing cricket at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. I’m calling it Sedate September and people can support our work from the comfort of their own homes. They can even do it half asleep from their beds on a wet Sunday morning. We are asking those who support our work to take out a monthly standing order. They can then turn over, and go back to sleep!
Of course things like the Ice Bucket Challenge are fun and it has captured the imagination of the public, raising millions of Pounds for good causes.
What I’m proposing is really a reaction to that approach and I hope I can appeal to those who feel that once they have seen one celebrity, or chief executive, or chief constable doused in water, they have seen enough.
Those wishing to support our appeal should contact my colleague Liz Davies on 01273 645646 for a standing order form or go online at http://www.bht.org.uk. All money raised will go to support the work of First Base Day Centre which last year worked with 965 men and women who were sleeping rough on the streets of Brighton and Hove.
(An edited version of this item appeared in the Brighton Argus on 6th September 2014)