Hemel Hempstead man spends night on the streets to raise hundreds to support homeless veterans

The 29-year-old took part in The Great Tommy Sleep Out

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 12:49 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 12:52 pm

A man from Hemel Hempstead spent a night sleeping on the streets to raise hundreds for homeless veterans.

Jack Boreham, 29, of Gadebridge, spent the night sleeping near the war memorial in Hemel Hempstead, on Friday, March 26, as part of the Royal British Legion Industries' (RBLI) Great Tommy Sleep Out, to support the charity's work in helping homeless veterans.

Jack wanted to raise £300 for the charity, but ended up raising over £600.

Jack tookpart in The Great Tommy Sleep Out

He said: "It went pretty well, it was very uncomfortable, cold and boring. But really opened my eyes to how it must feel living like that!

"An old veteran that was homeless cycled down to see me which made it so worthwhile.

"This particular event is to highlight the problem of all the thousands of ex-military who are left homeless on our streets.

"The charity is close to my heart and I think it's a really important one, it does a lot of important work for ex-military who are left homeless on our streets.

Jack raised over 600

"I ended up raising just £615, which was over the target, so I am chuffed with that and all the support!"

Every penny raised by the campaign will go directly to RBLI’s wide range of services providing a home, welfare and employment support to military veterans.

The national charity supports the Armed Forces, people with disabilities and people who are unemployed, they aim to improve lives every day by inspiring those they help and supporting them to find work and lead independent lives.