Sleeping rough for Sheffield charity

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Sleeping rough is a harsh reality for young people who find themselves without shelter living on the streets of Sheffield.

But now the city’s young people’s homeless charity Roundabout is asking the public to discover for themselves what rough sleeping can be like by taking part in a sponsored sleep out.

Roundabout supports 150 homeless young people every day and has the only emergency hostel in Sheffield for young homeless people aged 16 to 21.

The charity’s Sleep Out will be taking place at St Andrew’s Church on Psalter Lane, Sheffield, on Thursday, November 6.

The first half of the evening will feature games, food and entertainment from local bands, but from midnight the tough challenge begins.

“We are asking our supporters to get sponsored to brave the cold night to help us raise money to provide a safe place for young people and prevent them sleeping rough in the future,” said Fundraising Co-ordinator Amy Casbolt.

“Of course an event like this cannot truly replicate what it is like to be lonely, frightened, cold and homeless but it can help to make a real difference to those many young people who, through no fault of their own, face these terrible challenges every day.”

The event begins at 8pm and will finish the following morning at 7am. It costs £15 to register to take part – or £10 per person for groups of three or more - and participants are encouraged to raise a minimum of £100.

To register visit sleep-out.org.uk, call Amy on 0114 253 6753 or email acasbolt@roundaboutltd.org