Help the Rough Sleepers

A project by: KC Bassey

Successful

WE RAISED £2,000

from 27 donors

This project received pledges on Wed 05 Dec 2018
We all deserve a home.

what 'help the Rough sleepers' is about...

I am raising £2000 to design and build a semipermanent, mobile home for the homeless of Sheffield. Sheffield has an excess of 1,700 homeless people and I want to bring that number down as cost effectively and as efficiently as possible. Research has shown that homeless people on average have a life expectancy which is 30 years less than the average person who has a home, an appalling fact indeed. In addition to this, a homeless shelter costs on average £3 per night and although the average person is only homeless for 6 months to a year, it does amount to over £540 over the time period which could be saved and or spent on food which homeless people seldom can afford.  

A SHORT AUTOBIO OF MYSELF...

My name is KC Bassey. I am a 3rd year architecture student at Sheffield Hallam University. I attended Harrow School, where I played a variety of sports such as athletics and judo in which I greatly excelled. I am a drummer and a singer.  

my vision

  • I am setting up this project for a special reason. I have had a vision for Sheffield ever since I moved here in September 2016 to commence my studies. The vision was one in which the streets were not inhabited by human beings like you and I. One where a gargantuan effort was put into housing the homeless; giving them comfortable homes which they can afford and not have to worry about what shelter they will need for the night. Sheffield can be bitterly cold at night and I cannot imagine having to sleep outdoors during the winter and I do not feel comfortable doing nothing while another has to go through that same fate.
  • This project is important to me, not for personal reasons but for compassionate reasons. I strongly believe that it is the duty of the more able to assist the less able. Our society has been founded on such charitable principles and if not for it, I am sure that we will not be where we are today. I attended the same school as Anthony Ashley Cooper, the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. He was known for his philanthropic ventures and dedicated his life to improving the lives of the "the poor and friendless". He did this after witnessing a poor man's funeral while a student at Harrow between 1814 and 1816. I share the same sentiments. 
  • As a donor, you will be improving the living conditions of the homeless. As mentioned in the 'What 'help the Rough Sleepers' is about' section, the homeless on average have a shorter life expectancy of about 30 years, due to several factors including but not limited to stress, depression, malnutrition, being over exposed to nature and the elements, several ailments, a higher likelihood of drug abuse and much more. By donating, you will be reducing the effects of nature on the occupants. As a matter of fact, the money you donate could give 10 or 20 years of life back to some people, as a result of the capability of this semipermanent home to reduce the effects of several of these problems for the homeless. There will be a direct influence and a direct change in the lives and outlook on life of these people. By not only giving them a place to stay, but also giving them the ability to never have to sleep rough due to the structure being easily assembled and dismantled, you will be reducing the likelihood of depression and stress. Not only that, but since they will not have to pay to stay in homeless shelters, they will be able to save the money to buy food instead, giving them the nourishment they need. 

Where will the money go?

  • Should we hit the minimum mark and no higher, the money will be spent on materials to build just the body of the building without any add ons such as a photovoltaic. 
  • Should we be fortunate to hit the full mark, the full prototype will be built, complete with photovoltaics, a battery pack and an outlet to charge mobile phones. 
  • The extra funds will be used to push the idea further. The aim is to house as many people as possible and that will not be possible if not enough people know about it. 
  • Updates will be given on the project every 3 to four weeks. 
  • About £1500 will be spent on material to make the body of the structure.
  • £200 will be spent on a photovoltaic with a battery pack. 
  • Between £50 to £100 will be spent on paint
  • >£50 on an air mattress and an air pump. 

Find us here

Twitter: @roughsleep

Help us hit our target!

You don't need to donate to help this cause. A simple chat to someone who you know may be interested will suffice. Also, social media is an amazing tool for spreading information like wild fire, and we would be very grateful if you could post this on any platform you can think of: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Kik...if it is social, then we want to be in there! And we know we said you don't need to give money to help us, but we'd love it if you did! Please sponsor us and help make this happen.