Report: Longford Sleep out for Simon raises over €30,000

Longford people sleep outside for Midlands Simon Community fundraiser

On Good Friday night my good friends Sharon Devlin, Aisling Reilly and I joined others in the Longford Sleep Out for Simon in Longford’s Army Barracks.

At first we made this great fort to sleep in, but unfortunately the rain fell so hard we were forced in doors with all of our stuff drowned.

We “slept” in a barn then for four hours damp and cold, but on learning we just raised €30,000 for sleeping out, our spirits were not dampened.

At 6am it was lights on, clear out time and as I lay on my bed waiting for the water to heat so I can shower; I was never so thankful for my warm sheets, comfy pillow, hot water and a roof over my head.

Lying outside in the rain that night, even for a few hours, then in the barn on a hard ground beside loads of others really hits it home; our homeless, the refugees, these nameless…we really haven’t got the faintest clue.

I for one am humbled.

€30,000 in one night is an incredible feat; but a drop in the ocean of what we need to do.

I was reporting on the night for Shannonside FM, listen below to the report featuring interviews from those who slept out; CEO of Midlands Simon Tony O’Riordan, Community Fundraising Officer for Midlands Simon Noel Greene and Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council Gerry Warnock.

Longford Sleep Out for Simon:


  • Writings Of A Single Girl March 30, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Wow well done Rachel! Was that just from public donations/sponsorships? Pity about the fort-maybe you could try again in the summer. Another 30k eh? 😛

    • rachwritesstuff March 30, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      30k from public donations. I raised almost 400 on my own, my friend Sharon over 1000e, and Aisling 180e. Simon Community get 1e for every euro so they should get another 30k on top of this from Government 🙂 essentially we helped them raise 60grand in one night.

      • Writings Of A Single Girl March 30, 2016 at 9:05 pm

        No way?! You should all be very proud. Is that with every charity that the government will double it? Or because it’s to do with homelessness. Do you do much fundraising events?

        • rachwritesstuff March 30, 2016 at 9:08 pm

          No idea. I just know for Midlands Simon if the earn zero they get zero. They have to match every euro by a euro in order to get it so its hard work for them. Was glad I could help.

          Yes I do a number of charity events a year. The next one is in July im running a gig in Longford for Oxfam.


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