Homeless charity appeals for sleepout support

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Youth homelessness SASH is urging the public to join them for a Sleepout in to draw attention to the hidden problem of youth homelessness and raise funds for their ‘Nightstop’ service for vulnerable young people.

Nightstop provides emergency accommodation for homeless young people in the homes of local volunteers, but now the charity is asking people to help by giving up their beds for just one night.

The Sleepout will take place at Harrogate Town Club from 8pm on Saturday 22 March 2014.

Participants will raise sponsorship by spending the night in the club grounds with no more than a cardboard box and a sleeping bag. The is being supported and Sainsbury’s in Harrogate, which is providing breakfast for participants.


SASH Director Peter Robinson said: Demand for our emergency Nightstop service remains high in Harrogate. Thanks to our volunteers we have been able to help, but we rely on fundraising events such as our Sleepouts to ensure we can continue to provide the service to those who need it.

Nightstop provides a supportive and caring environment in someone’s home for a vulnerable young person experiencing a crisis. We are delighted that businesses such as CNG and Sainsbury’s are so willing to help. It’s great to know that local companies really are committed to helping their community.

The Sleepout is open to anyone who is fit and healthy providing they sign up first via the SASH website. Under-17s must be accompanied by a responsible adult and must be aged over eleven.

SASH is also appealing for volunteer hosts in the area who can make a practical difference to young people facing homelessness within the community. For more information on the event or volunteering visit bit.ly/1jIY3kq or call 01904 652043.

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