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MORE than 60 sleep rough in aid of the homeless
VULNERABLE youths at risk of homeless have thanked volunteers who raised more than £8,000 sleeping rough for a night.
More than 60 people slept in the car park of Southend YMCA in freezing temperatures with only sleeping bags and cardboard boxes to protect them to raise money for the charity on Saturday.
Katie Edwards, 18, who is one of the 30 young people housed at the centre in Ambleside Drive, Southend, said: “It’s amazing that so many people have come to support the homeless.”
Matthew Perry, 19, also at the centre, said: “It’s nice to see they are coming out of their comfort zone to raise money for those who live here.
“It’s nice to see that people do care – not just hear about it.”
Individuals and groups, including staff from Southend accountants Goldwyns, Olympus KeyMed, South Essex Homes and Southend Council and members of Leigh Town Council, faced frosty sleeping bags as temperatures dropped to -1C.
Echo reporters David Trayner and Jack Monroe took part in the event.
To sponsor the volunteers email email@example.com or visit www.southendymca.org.uk.