Lawyer and son sleep rough to help homeless

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A lawyer from Sheffield joined his son by spending a night on the streets to gain insight into the plight of homeless people.

Barry Warne, a partner at legal firm hlw Keeble Hawson, took part in the Big Sleep Out with his son Nick, a primary school teacher, to raise money for the city’s Cathedral Archer Project, which supports the homeless and vulnerable.

They joined a group of other fundraisers during the all-night challenge.

Barry said: “We saw at first hand where homeless people sleep rough in Sheffield city centre.

“However, unlike them, myself and Nick drove home in our cars to a warm house, shower, food, bed and clean clothes. It made us realise how much we take for granted.”

He added: “The Cathedral Archer Project is an inspirational charity where people are welcomed and supported from wide-ranging backgrounds, including alcohol and substance dependence, street work, those with learning difficulties and disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers.

“I’d like to thank my colleagues who’ve been tremendous in raising funds.”

Tim Renshaw, chief executive at the Archer Project, said: “We would like to say an enormous thank you to Barry and Nick for taking the time to learn more about our work which, along with providing food, clothes and assistance with accommodation, helps people overcome the obstacles that prevent them from leading a stable, fulfilling and safe life.

“We have a series of events throughout the year with which we encourage local people to get involved and help to spread the word.”

The Archer Project helps between 50 and 90 people every day, providing cooked breakfasts, lunches and food parcels.

It also offers numeracy and literacy classes, which include gardening, art, crafts, IT, football and other activities.

n Visit www.archerproject.org.uk/donate.php to help the charity.