AN EYE-opening charity stunt which recreates the “frightening” realities faced by homeless people is returning to the region.
Sleep Out is the annual challenge that raises money for Roundabout, a South Yorkshire youth homelessness charity that runs services in Rotherham.
After being postponed because of the pandemic, Sleep Out returns to Sheffield on Friday, November 12.
People taking part must raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship to help Roundabout continue to support an increasing number of homeless young people throughout the region.
“All we are asking is that you rough it for one night to prevent homelessness becoming a reality for vulnerable young people,” said Roundabout event organiser Emily Bush.
“We are asking you to brave what will most probably be a cold autumn night by swapping your bed for a sleeping bag and a cold hard floor in a warehouse but by doing that you will be helping to stop homelessness becoming a harsh reality for a vulnerable young person.
“During the evening, there will be an opportunity to be inspired by young people who have been supported by Roundabout, hear how youth homelessness is an issue in our city and learn how you can help.
“You’ll enjoy some food and entertainment during the evening, then at midnight it’s lights down and into sleeping bags as the challenge begins.
“Of course, an event like this cannot truly replicate what it is like to be homeless, lonely and frightened, but it offers a small insight into the realities that are faced and can help to make a real difference to the lives of young people.”
The sleep out will take place at Peddler Warehouse, 92 Burton Rd, Kelham Island.
Registration costs £25 per person and includes a hot meal in the evening and breakfast the following morning.
Visit www.roundaboutsleepout.co.uk to register.