All ages wrap-up for Sheffield fundraiser

Lee Greenwood, Mark Burgin and Nikki Steer were among those who took part in Safe at Last's Big Sleepout.
Lee Greenwood, Mark Burgin and Nikki Steer were among those who took part in Safe at Last's Big Sleepout.
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Caring fundraisers gave up their luxuries and bedded down outdoors for a night to support young homeless people.

More than 60 people slept rough as part of children’s charity Safe at Last’s Big Sleepout event which raises funds and awareness for the estimated 4,000 youngsters in South Yorkshire that run away from home each year.

Stefan Kania and Claire Farmer were among those who took part in Safe at Last's Big Sleepout

Stefan Kania and Claire Farmer were among those who took part in Safe at Last's Big Sleepout

Sleepers of all ages, including individuals, couples, scout groups and families, were given a taste of what it might be like as young runaways during the event at Crystal Peaks in Sheffield.

Kelly Skingle, an employee at Sainsbury’s pharmacy at Crystal Peaks, was among those trying to nod-off outside.

She said: “This is my third Big Sleepout and this year my son took part with me too.

“I like the fact my 14-year-old son would have a place to go if he ever felt he couldn’t stay at home for some reason.

“I’m lucky that my son and I have a good relationship but I know some families are not so happy.”

The Big Sleepout in Sheffield was the second of the year, with events still to come in Barnsley on Friday and in Rotherham on October 17.

n Visit www.thebigsleepout.co.uk for details.