Emma Short and Emma Park joined 9,000 other participants on December 9th for Sleep in the Park, the world’s largest ever sleep-out event. Organized by Edinburgh Homelessness Charity, Social Bite, they slept in the sub-zero temperatures under the stars in Edinburgh’s city centre with the aim of raising £4m to eradicate homelessness in Scotland.
Emma Short and Emma Park were excited to take part by sleeping out in the cold overnight along with the other participants to gain some insight into what type of conditions homeless people experience every day. They planned on taking two sleeping bags and two camping chairs. Emma Short thought she and Emma Park would drink hundreds of cups of tea between them in the effort to keep warm.
Sheena Macleod, an author and One Million Project Administrator, interviewed Emma Short about the event and their experiences. Emma’s story about the night follows:
“The event was…
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