Homelessness was the focus of 3 Mobile Catering (MC) Squadron’s efforts as RAF Wittering’s famous unit fed 850 people at the Centrepoint Sleep Out.
Centrepoint gives young homeless people a chance to turn their lives around and prepare for a future in which they can realise their full potential. The charity’s annual Sleep Out offers participants an opportunity to experience homelessness.
Centrepoint supporters are asked to raise a minimum of £250 for their place and are given nothing more than a cardboard mattress, paper sleeping bag and a patch of cold ground. It’s as close to sleeping rough as safe conditions will allow.
3 Mobile Catering Squadron from RAF Wittering has supported the Sleep Out in London for the last four years, feeding participants with a hot meal at night and a breakfast butty in the morning.
The Old Truman Brewery on London’s bustling Brick Lane was a venue for this year’s Sleep Out.
Twelve of the squadron’s finest deployed from RAF Wittering on November 6, with a full military field kitchen, working right through into the early hours serving dinner and breakfast to the 850 participants, before returning to base the following day.
Squadron Leader Claire Collis is Officer Commanding of 3 MC Squadron said: “The Sleep Out is a great event, the Squadron feels passionately about it and the proof is in the brilliant food they’ve prepared and served.”
The 2014 Sleep Out raised just over £300,000.