On the 11th March 2014, STAR, Amnesty, HOMED and Leftovers held a Sleepout in front of the union. The night started at 6pm, with entertainment running late into the night, including from the likes of Big Band, Swing Soc, Comedy Soc, and Belly Dancing Soc! Nearly 100 people attended the event at different times throughout the night, whether it was to learn how to dance, buy a cake, or chat to one of our local charities. 34 brave people even managed to stay outside for the whole night!
The night was organised to raise money for STAR (Student Action for Refugees) and Simon on the Streets (a local charity working to combat homelessness). The societies were successful in raising £280 for our two chosen causes. STAR’s primary focus was to raise awareness of the destitution that many people in in the city of Leeds are faced with.
Leeds Student Radio paused scheduled programming for the night and broadcast live from the event from 10pm onwards. We interviewed the event organisers, charity/ society volunteers, and performers to help give a well rounded overview of the event. We also managed to broadcast performances from Big Band and Comedy Soc so that our listeners would feel closer to the event, even if they were unable to attend. LSR was thrilled to be involved with such an exciting event, and to meet so many passionate and interesting people.