Havering teenagers sleeping rough for charity

Two teenagers will be living on the streets to raise money for a homeless charity.

Alice Donohue, 19 from Hornchurch and Glen Gridley, 18 from Collier Row are preparing to embark on the challenge which will see them sleeping rough for three nights and four days in September in aid of the Franciscan soup kitchen in Tower Hill.

Alice said: “I am really excited, I can’t wait to get out on the streets and experience what homeless people have to go through.

“We take a lot of things for granted and its good to put yourself in their situation.”

The pair will be sleeping in the nights outside of Alice’s house in Tylers Crescent and during the day, they will be staying in parks.

You may also want to watch:

They will even be using public toilets to wash and to keep themselves clean.

They have given themselves �1.50 each per day to spend on food.

Most Read

Alice said: “A lot of people have said that what we are doing is a little bit extreme, but I think you need to do extreme things to raise awareness.

“We won’t be able to access anything in our homes over the time, but we won’t be putting ourselves at risk.

“People will be able to see us because we will be right outside of my house and I think that will really hit home to them.”

The friends came up with the challenge after volunteering at the soup kitchen in Tower Hill.

Alice says that it gave her a real insight into the plight of homeless people.

The pair are also in the process of setting up their own charity.

Called Charity Buddies, it will see a team of young volunteers helping struggling charities or anyone who wants to fundraise for a charity.

Alice said: “We are trying to represent young people in a postive way.

“The people that we have got involved in the group are all people who are passionate to help others.”

She added: “It would be amazing if we were able to raise money on a big level for a range of charities.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter