A triathlon champion and cancer doctor has paid a visit to a West Suffolk homelessness project to show her support for a sleep-out fund-raiser.
Lucy Gossage, oncologist and four time Ironman champion, visited the Action of Children’s West Suffolk Shared Housing service, in Mildenhall, on April 17 to find out more about the charity’s sponsored sleep out, Byte Night East Anglia.
During her look around the centre, Lucy met Jade Mulligan, 20, and Dahne Green, 19, who have both experienced homelessness and been given temporary accommodation by the service.
Lucy said: “I’m lucky and have had a privileged upbringing, just talking to the girls about their experiences put things into perspective.
“It is great that they can be given a second chance to live a better life than their families have given them.
“The Byte Night seemed a really worthwhile cause. It was nice to be asked to help and have the chance to do something for someone else.”
More than 1,500 people across the UK joined in simultaneous sleep out events across the country last year.
Katy Stittle, service co-ordinator at the West Suffolk Housing service, said: “The Byte Night is absolutely paramount to the work we do. It’s so important we have money coming in to support our young people.
“It’s also a chance to put some realistic information about homelessness out there.
“The reality of homelessness is very different to what participants experience, but it hits home with the people who slept out that night.”
Of Lucy’s visit, Katy said: “She is such a positive role model. It was great for the young people to get the chance to meet someone like her.”
To register for the 2015 Byte Night sleep out on October 2, visit www.bytenight.org.uk or email email@example.com