A sudden drop in temperature and the threat of rain courtesy of the year’s first major storm didn’t dampen spirits as almost 80 people slept in the open air in support of Sheffield young people’s homeless charity Roundabout.
And their night of discovering just how harsh life on the streets can be is already on target to raise £12,000 for the good cause.
Roundabout supports 150 young people in the city every day and runs the only emergency hostel in Sheffield for young homeless people aged 16 to 21.
The third Sleep Out event - held to give a boost to the charity’s Homeless Prevention Service - was held at CADS Works, the Creative Arts and Development Space in Smithfield, close to the city centre.
Cardboard for participants to sleep under was provided by city company DBL Logistics, whose managing director David Clarkson showed his commitment by joining the campaign himself.
Other supporters included the staff from Dune at Meadowhall, a team of ten from Capita and representatives of DHL. The first half of the evening featured fun, games, food, entertainment and live music, including a special appearance from Shaun Doane of the Everly Pregnant Brothers - then from midnight the real challenge began.
Visit Roundabout Homeless for information.
Elsewhere, a Killamarsh pub raised £2,255 for the Weston Park Cancer Charity by organising the Scott Craig memorial day. Crown FC is based at The Crown pub, and they hold an annual charity day in memory of one of their former friends and team mate Scott Craig, who died suddenly in 2002.
Each year a different charity is chosen by Scott’s mother, Mavis Craig.
Supporters turned out to watch a charity football match followed by a fundraising day at the pub.
Meanwhile, BMI Healthcare - operator of the private Thornbury Hospital in Ranmoor, Sheffield - is backing the month-long Movember campaign, urging men to spot the signs of prostate and testicular cancer.
Prof James Catto, a consultant urologist at Thornbury said: “We all know that men can, at times, ignore or dismiss health issues, but it’s important that they are more proactive about their well-being. At the same time, we are also urging their wives or partners to be aware of the symptoms, and to speak up if they notice any changes.
“Early diagnosis and treatment is important to reduce the likelihood of cancer spreading so that more lives can be saved.”
BMI is encouraging its staff to take part in Movember activities during the month of November, by growing moustaches and raising funds.
At the branch of Natwest in Wickersley, Rotherham, workers have signed up for Rotherham Hospice’s BIG Fundraising Challenge, which aims to raise over £20,000. The challenge, sponsored by Oxley and Coward Solicitors, is open to everyone, including schools, businesses and community groups.
Participants are provided with a start-up loan of between £10 and £250 - they then have 14 weeks to use the loan to aid fundraising.
Natwest staff have chosen a silver loan of £50, and so are expected to raise a minimum of £500.
To enter a team, register online at Rotherham Hospice or call 01709 308917.
Military charity Blind Veterans UK is also inviting people to take part in its Endcliffe Park Santa Dash on Sunday
The organisation is hoping to see hundreds of Father Christmases running its 5km route or enter the family fun run.
There is a registration fee of £10 for each adult which includes a free Santa suit.
To register email email@example.com or call 0114 267 2557.
And Barnsley College’s recently-appointed principal, Chris Webb, has taken part in a sponsored half-leg wax for charity.
The college’s hair and beauty department offered its expertise in return for donations from staff and students who gathered to watch Mr Webb’s brave ordeal.
The challenge raised £170, which will go to Children In Need.