On Thursday night supporters of Sheffield charity Roundabout will be sleeping rough to raise money and try to end youth homelessness in the city.
Amongst the supporters trading their bed for a sleeping bag is Reverend & The Makers frontman Jon McClure, who also took part in Big Issue vendors’ week in Sheffield earlier this year.
He told the Roundabout charity: “I’m the lead singer in a band and I’m used to people cheering when they see me on stage. Yet when I was selling the Big Issue, people were ignoring me and walking past.
“It was an insightful moment. 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”.
The group will sleep outside CADS Works near the city centre and will experience the gruelling challenges faced by the City’s homeless on a daily basis.
The event raised £15,000 last year as well as a smaller sleep out in May raising an additional £6,000.
Fundraising and Communications Manager Ruth Gage believes the event “can help to make a real difference to those many young people who, through no fault of their own, face these challenges every day”.
To donate £5 and to help Roundabout try to end youth homelessness, text RDBT16 £5 to 70070.