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Vi­tal funds for home­less­ness char­i­ties will be raised at a spon­sored Sleep

Out at the Eden Project this month. Par­tic­i­pants will en­dure a cold win­try night in front of the Biomes with just a sleep­ing bag and card­board mat with over­head cover in case it rains.

The fifth Sleep Out event will raise aware­ness of those reg­u­larly spend­ing the night with­out a roof over their heads and also gen­er­ate cash for lo­cal char­i­ties St Petroc’s So­ci­ety and the Am­ber Foun­da­tion. Last year around

100 fundrais­ers took part.

Be­fore bed­ding down for the night par­tic­i­pants will be treated to live mu­sic, short films and talks as well as cook­ery work­shops, hot food and drinks and camp­fire tales.

Dave Brown, from St Petroc’s, says: ‘We are so pleased to be part of this fan­tas­tic project again this year. The Eden Sleep Out pro­vides us with a chance to work with peo­ple in

Corn­wall who ac­tively want to help us in our cam­paign – Let’s End Street Home­less­ness in Corn­wall.

‘Par­tic­i­pants brave the cold and have an un­com­fort­able, sleep­less Novem­ber night. They then have to face the next day as usual, with an un­der­stand­ing of what our clients have been through.

‘Last year we were the only area in Eng­land to re­duce the num­bers of rough sleep­ers. The funds raised through this event helps us to do that. Shortly af­ter the event we will be head­ing into our Cold Weather Pro­vi­sion, a pop-up win­ter night shel­ter. Last year we pro­vided shel­ter for 91 peo­ple who had no other op­tion, across 71 nights.’

Re­becca Fry, South West Fundrais­ing Man­ager for the Am­ber Foun­da­tion, adds: ‘Am­ber sup­ports young peo­ple who find them­selves with no roof over their heads with more than just a tem­po­rary home. Our pro­gramme pro­vides all the sup­port and op­por­tu­ni­ties they need to turn their lives around.

“The event is very im­por­tant to us as it not only raises money to sup­port Am­ber’s work with some of the most vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple in the re­gion, it re­ally helps raise aware­ness of the wider is­sues sur­round­ing youth home­less­ness.” Any­one can take part in Sleep Out, a na­tion­wide event or­gan­ised by the End Youth Home­less­ness cam­paign (EYH), a na­tional part­ner­ship of grass­roots char­i­ties and com­pa­nies.

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