A hundred hardy volunteers braved the biting rain of a cold winter’s night to raise £11,000 for Sheffield charity Roundabout – which has the only emergency hostel in the city for young homeless people aged 16 to 21.
The charity’s Sleep Out took place at St Andrew’s Church on Psalter Lane, Sheffield, and saw fundraisers including teams from Evolution Power Tools and Sainsbury’s on Archer Road enduring the elements on a cold and wet evening.
“Thanks to Sainsbury’s at Archer Road we had plenty of cardboard to provide some shelter from the rain and they also provided hot drinks, which helped keep spirits up,” said Roundabout Fundraising Co-ordinator Amy Casbolt.
“The conditions were truly dreadful but everybody was determined to stay outdoors and some people did even manage to get some sleep even though they were soaking wet.
“This is what some young people have to face in reality, with no choices and no alternatives, so an event like this really did bring it home to our volunteers just what being homeless means.”
The charity is holding a Christmas Quiz at The York pub in Broomhill on December 8 from 8.30pm.
Entry costs £2 per person and there will be a raffle on the night including prizes of a £20 bar tab, a meal for two and gift sets from Lush. For details about the event or to donate prizes to the raffle, email firstname.lastname@example.org