The big Manchester Sleepout sees hundreds of people sleep rough for 12 hours in order to highlight some of the hardships that homeless people have to face every single night.
In 2016, 250 people slept out raising over £60,000 for the Booth Centre – a charity that works hard to bring about positive change in the lives of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and help them plan for and realise a better future.
This year’s Sleepout will take place on Friday 10th November at Manchester Cathedral with a record number of people taking part.
Amy Hinks, Development Manager, Booth Centre, said:
“We have been delighted with this year’s response with over 400 people now registered. We see first-hand the hardships that homeless people face day after day. The Manchester Sleepout does not aim to replicate what it’s like to sleep rough, but to raise vital awareness of what people go through and how difficult it can be. We know that with the right support lives can be turned around. The reasons why people find themselves sleeping rough are many, and at this time of year in particular they face cold, hunger, fear, loneliness and social isolation daily.
“At the Booth Centre we provide a variety of different services to help people rebuild lives, including arts and sports sessions, education and training workshops, employment advice and support in finding and moving into accommodation – together we can raise funds and awareness which can make a difference to the lives of people locally in crisis."