It wasn’t particularly dry and it certainly wasn’t warm but the December evening in Digbeth was by no means quiet. On the 4th, members of Birmingham University Conservative Future joined faith groups, book clubs and activists in raising money for the St Basils Charity, which fights against homelessness by providing accommodation and supporting services to those living on the street. As a fundraising event, each member raises money through sponsorship by sleeping outside for a night in the local St Basils Church car park. Each participant is given a cardboard box, a plastic bag and a space in which to ‘camp’ and left to their own devices. The experience in the car park which is definitely not protected from the elements has over the years had a profound effect on all who participate, and this December was no exception. The cold, rain and general discomfort all serve to highlight the challenges that the homeless in Britain face every night, especially during the winter. All members of BUCF who attended experienced something very different to the norm, yet came out with a positive attitude; and having raised a large amount of money for St Basils, let’s hope that next year we can do it again and raise even more.