Two Alpha Heating Innovation staff took part in the ‘Sleep Out 2014’ held by Kent-based housing association mhs homes.

The event aims to raise money for two local charities: a homelessness organisation, Caring Hands in the Community, and the Kent Autistic Trust. The team at Alpha have so far raised £938.50, with the total continuing to grow and being donated to the local homelessness charity.

The event, which took place from 8pm on 25 January until 6am the next day, saw Matt Hobbs and John Binney of Alpha sleep out in the car park of the mhs homes’ Broadside office in Chatham. They slept in Alpha Boiler cardboard boxes, along with hundreds of other resilient local residents.

The all-night fundraiser was held to highlight the harsh reality of being homeless, and to highlight the work that the charities do locally to support homeless or vulnerable people. mhs homes holds the sleep-out every two years with the aim to raise £10,000 and split it between the two local causes

Mr Binney said: “The sleep-out event is a really unique and rewarding experience that gives us some sense of what it is like to sleep rough for a night. It was a harsh wake-up call to the way in which millions of people live their lives every day, and we are really pleased with all the support we received.”