Balhousie Care Group prepares for a night in freezing temperatures as sponsors of Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park

Balhousie Care Group are set to once again brave sub-zero temperatures as they participate in this year’s Sleep in the Park, to raise funds to help tackle homelessness in Scotland in aid of Social Bite.

As sponsors of the Dundee Sleep in the Park event, 200 colleagues, family and friends of Balhousie Care Group – from carers to senior management – are supporting the event by taking part in the mass sleepout in the city’s Slessor Gardens on Saturday, December 8, 2018.  If you would like to join them in the Balhousie Care Group Sleep Zone sign up enquires can be made at enquiries@.

This is the second time the award-winning care home group has supported Sleep in the Park. Twenty members of staff, including company chairman, Tony Banks, braved “brutal” temperatures as they bunked down in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens last year. Raising more than £15,000, Balhousie was one of the top corporate fundraisers at the 2017 event.

Tony is hoping that, as sponsors and participants, Balhousie Care Group can help to build momentum in Social Bite’s mission to completely eradicate homelessness in Scotland. Tony, a native of the Dundee and Angus region, will be braving the freezing temperatures again this year in Slessor Gardens. He said:

“Taking park in last year’s Sleep in the Park event was a massively humbling experience for myself and my colleagues. It was a genuine struggle to cope against the elements and it is shocking to think there are people faced with this struggle every single night in Scotland. Caring is, literally, our middle name here at Balhousie so it’s natural that we stepped up as sponsors of Sleep in the Park Dundee. It’s vital we draw attention to this serious social issue and raise money to help aid Social Bite’s excellent work.”

Sleep in the Park is taking place across four cities – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee – with an estimated 12,000 people taking part. Social Bite, which addresses homelessness through its cafes, restaurants and free food distribution in Scotland, is aiming to build on last year’s fundraising total of £4 million.

Amy Macdonald and KT Tunstall are ‘busking’ at all four venues, travelling between each by helicopter. Other performers across the cities include Eddi Reader, Frightened Rabbit, Lulu and The View’s Kyle Falconer.

To find out more about Balhousie Care Group visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk

For more information on Sleep in the Park go to www.sleepinthepark.co.uk