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Safe At Last sleepout at Don Valley Stadium
Safe At Last sleepout at Don Valley Stadium
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THEY had more fun than sleep, that’s for sure - and it was all in a very good cause.

Children’s charity Safe@Last held its third Big Sleepout of the year at Don Valley Stadium - and 75 sleepy souls all braved the cold to take part.

Sponsored by Mercury Taxis, the volunteers slept rough to raise funds and awareness to support the estimated 4,000 children and young people in South Yorkshire who run away from home each year.

Supporters are still welcome to share the same experience this Friday, by taking part in another event, this time at Rotherham Parkgate Centre. Log on to www.thebigsleepout.co.uk for details.

The Big Sleepout gives supporters a small taste of what spending a night on the streets might be like for a young runaway who feels they have no choice but to sleep rough.

Those taking part have to forgo all comforts for the night and are allowed only basic items such as a sleeping bag and a cardboard box to keep warm.

Among those taking part were Safe@Last Runaways Education Officer Laura Jeffrey, Sheffield Eagles community manager Adam Hughes, and marketing executive Liam Claffey.

Laura said: “The Big Sleepout provides a real insight into how desperate young people must be to end up sleeping rough. I found it hard enough with six layers on, a thermos of tea and the knowledge I was safe, being watched over by stewards and going home at 6am.

“The experience has made me even more passionate about making sure we deliver preventative work to every young person in South Yorkshire.”

The event was the third of four with others in Barnsley and Doncaster.