Chillseek­ers: Crowds gather for big sleep out in the park

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY GRAEME MUR­RAY

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple sleep­ing un­der the stars in Glas­gow’s Kelv­in­grove Park tonight will wake up to chilly tem­per­a­tures of 1C on Sun­day.

The Sleep in the Park event, hosted by the char­ity So­cial Bite, is this year held in four cities si­mul­ta­ne­ously to raise cash and end home­less­ness.

Par­tic­i­pants be­gin the night with pos­i­tively balmy tem­per­a­tures of 8C, by Sun­day morn­ing the mer­cury in Glas­gow will plum­met to 1C.

This con­trasts with last year’s tem­per­a­tures where sleep­ers faced a per­ish­ing -6C.

Those in­volved in the sleep­out will be given a wa­ter­proof mat sleep­ing bag, and ex­pe­ri­ence what it is like to sleep rough.

Josh Lit­tle­john MBE, founder of So­cial Bite, is call­ing on the peo­ple of Glas­gow to sup­port the event even if they are not par­tic­i­pat­ing.

He said: “We set up this big event in De­cem­ber last year and it was based on the premise that there was no rea­son why Scot­land couldn’t erad­i­cate home­less­ness.

“No one should have to be home­less here.

“Last year’s event raised £4mil­lion which is now be­ing in­vested in all of our pro­grammes. We hope it will help bring 830 peo­ple off the streets when they reach fruition.

“We de­cided to try and keep the mo­men­tum go­ing and spread it ge­o­graph­i­cally and put on four events in one night, hope­fully peo­ple from across the cities will take part.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the mu­sic and it’s go­ing to fun get­ting all the acts around the cities.

A to­tal of 10,000 sleep­ers are reg­is­tered for the fundrais­ing events in Glas­gow, Ed­in­burgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.

Or­gan­is­ers hope this year’s event will break through 2017’s to­tal.;

Gates at Kelv­in­grove Band­stand open at 5pm and the event starts at 6pm with host Vic Gal­loway in­tro­duc­ing Stina Tweedale of Honey­blood, Hol­lie McNish, Kathryn Joseph and the Twi­light Sad.

A poignant per­for­mance is then ex­pected by Fright­ened Rab­bit and guests af­ter the

let­[email protected] evening­times. tragic death of front­man Scott Hutchi­son.

KT Tun­stall and Amy Mc­Don­ald will bring the mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment to an end af­ter ar­riv­ing from ap­pear­ances in other cities.

Rap­per, au­thor, and so­cial com­men­ta­tor Dar­ren ‘Loki’ Mc­Gar­vey will calm things down with a bed­time story be­fore the long night ahead un­der the stars be­gins at 11.15pm.

Au­thor Irvine Welsh will per­form a read­ing in Ed­in­burgh that will be broad­cast live in Glas­gow, Aberdeen and Dundee.

Amy Mc­Don­ald will per­form at The Sleep in the Park eventBev Lyons: Page 12

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