#sleepwithsimon: Sleep-out event in aid of homelessness charity raises over £15,000 for those on streets of Yorkshire

Written by Samantha Lade for DonateToday

PUBLISHED: 10:31, 17th Oct 2017 | UPDATED: 14:47, 24th Oct 2017

Local homelessness charity Simon on the Streets held it's annual sleep-out event on September 28th 2017. Stock image of posed model

As levels of homelessness are set to rise across the country, an annual sleep-out event at the Tilt Yard in Leeds has raised £15,400 for Yorkshire-based homelessness charity Simon on the Streets.

Almost 100 sleepers – including businessmen and women, journalists and citizens – took part in the charity's annual sleep-out event, which was held on the 28th September 2017 to fundraise for the cause.

Braving the elements, the sleepers were able to experience just a taste into what life for those sleeping rough on the streets of Yorkshire is like. 

Many taking part in the '#sleepwithsimon' event slept with just a sleeping bag and cardboard box, in a bid to raise funds and awareness around the issue of homelessness in the local area.

Sleepers were also treated to two activities during the sleep-out – including a showing by the Red Ladder Theatre Company of a story surrounding youth homelessness in Leeds, and a motivational talk by Richard McCann about his own personal struggles on the streets.

"Rough sleeping will rise by 76 per cent in the next decade unless governments take action to tackle it." 

Crisis | 2017

The issue really is a worsening one – national homelessness charity Crisis recently reported that over the next decade, the number of rough sleepers on our streets will increase by 76% if no changes to policy are made.

The General Manager of Simon on the Streets, which operates across Leeds, Huddersfield and Bradford, Gordon Laing expressed: 'The sleep-out was a huge success, I am always amazed at the generosity of people towards our cause.'

He continues: 'We cannot thank all the attendees enough for their support and the money they raised, which constantly helps us to improve the lives of more and more rough sleepers.'