Richard sleeps beneath the stars

Thursday 6 November 2014

Richard braved the cold last night as he joined more than 1,000 sleepers across the country for homeless charity Centrepoint’s annual Sleep Out event.

This year, two events were held in London, at West India Quay and the Old Truman Brewery. A further 10 Sleep Out events took place across the country with new fundraising events happening at the Eden Project and the Provident Stadium, Bradford this year.

Centrepoint’s annual Sleep Out raises money to help provide homeless young people with a warm bed, mental health support and help into education, training and employment.

Richard was joined by a whole host of celebrities and performers, including Centrepoint supporter Sara Cox, who helped to keep the sleepers warm.

Those taking part in Sleep Out experienced some of the stark realities of homelessness – the biting cold, the damp, the noise and the difficulty of carrying on your day with little sleep – things which they do not have to deal with in their everyday lives. This enables ‘sleepers’ to understand some of the practical realities of being homeless that 80,000 young people across the UK face each year.

Royal Air Force personnel from No 3 Mobile Catering Squadron RAF Wittering ran a field kitchen to keep sleepers fed and watered throughout the night, and provided breakfast.

With an estimated 15,000 young people facing homelessness this Christmas, Centrepoint also launched its new Christmas appeal. With young homeless people, twice as likely to die as their peers, the charity are asking people to donate and help to save a young person’s life this Christmas.

For information on how you can support the charity click here.
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