Appeal to sleep rough for Sheffield youth homeless charity

Volunteers taking part in the Sleep Out event last year.

Volunteers taking part in the Sleep Out event last year.

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Members of the public are being urged to brave the cold and sleep rough for a night to help raise thousands of pounds for a youth homeless charity.

Sheffield-based Roundabout is finalising plans for the annual ‘Sleep Out’ which takes place at CADS Works in the Smithfield area of the city centre on Thursday, November 3.

The charity is now appealing for members of the public to take part and help end youth homelessness.

Ruth Gage, Roundabout’s fundraising and communications manager, said: “The Sleep Out is definitely our flagship event.

“Not only do they help us raise vital funds for our charity, but they also raise awareness of what we do and give a small insight to the struggles faced by vulnerable young people.”

Last year’s event raised £15, 000 and event organisers are hoping to top that incredible total. The event starts at 8pm and will be hosted by Roundabout’s patron Paulette Edwards, of BBC Radio Sheffield. The first half of the evening will feature games, food from ‘7 hills pizza cones’ and entertainment, but from midnight the really tough challenge begins as people will experience what it is truly like to be homeless.

One Sheffield music star swapping his bed for a sleeping bag will be Reverend and the Makers singer Jon McClure. He said: “I know the Sleep Out will be a challenge, but I want to do what I can to raise awareness of the issue and help to end homelessness.”

Roundabout provides shelter, support and training to young people aged 16 to 24. They also have a hostel for 27 young people in Highfields. To take part visit Roundabout Sleep Out

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