Redcar & Cleveland Staff To Join The Big Sleep Out
Staff and officials from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council will be braving the ice and snow as they spend a night on the streets in a bid to raise awareness of homelessness amongst young people.
The council’s support will be led by Councillors Barry Hunt & Steven Goldswain, and they will join many more volunteers in raising money for Coatham House – which provides safe accommodation for young people in housing need aged 16 to 25.
Taking place on Saturday 24 January from 8pm till 8am the following morning the Real High Street Sleep Out will be part of a national campaign to highlight what is a big issue amongst young people.
Cllr Hunt said: “I am very pleased to be doing the Real High Street Sleep Out alongside Cllr Goldswain to raise money for such a good cause and highlight an issue that really shouldn’t exist in 21st Century Britain.
“The work done with young people by Coatham House is invaluable in giving them a roof over their heads and making sure they stay safe.”
This was a view echoed by Cllr Goldswain. He said: “It's going to be an interesting and challenging experience but as volunteers we will have the luxury of going back to our warm cosy homes the next day.
"Sadly this is not the case for young people who find themselves homeless and why we need to support the fantastic work of charities like Coatham House."
As well as councillors Hunt & Goldswain, organisers of the event will be hoping that many more volunteers can come down and take part in the 12 hour event and raise funds for Coatham House.
Volunteers, who must be 18+ and physically fit, should provide their own sleeping bags and warm clothing but some comforts, including toilets and security, will be provided. There is a £3 registration fee but participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship.