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From beds to the street for the Rock Trust – Edinburgh’s youth homeless charity

Posted: 13th October 2016

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The Rock Trust is seeking brave supporters to take part in their sponsored Sleep Out  – swapping their comfy beds for 40 winks outdoors in aid of youth homelessness.

*Special offer for Chamber members  – discounted registration of only £15 until Friday 21st October! Just register and use the discount code ‘homeless’*

In 2015, the sleep out events raised more than £50,000 and this year’s EYH Sleep Out, which will mark the charity’s 25th year supporting young homeless people in Scotland, aims to raise 25% more than last year. Participants will sleep outdoors in Edinburgh’s Festival Square to raise awareness of youth homelessness and much-needed funds for the Rock Trust, which provides vital support for homeless young people.

Kate Polson, chief executive of The Rock Trust, said: ‘The Sleep Out is one of our most important events of the year. It does not intend replicate homelessness – but it does give participants a glimpse of what homeless young people experience when they sleep on the streets of Edinburgh.

‘It’s a challenge – cold, uncomfortable and often wet but it is an experience that lives with the participants forever. Most of us can’t imagine what it’s like not have a safe home to go to.

‘Homelessness is a real problem in Scotland. We support approximately 400 young people every year to build a better future and avoid or move on from homelessness

‘We’re encouraging workmates, families, teams and individuals to sign up and take part to show that homelessness cannot be ignored.’

As well as an acoustic performance from Nasher, guitar legend from Frankie goes to Hollywood, participants will take part in a shelter building competition and Forth 1’s Mark Martin will bring the night to a close with a bed time story.

For more information on how to take part please contact Katriona Harding at Katriona.harding@rocktrust.org or call 0131 557 4059.

Alternatively visit the Rock Trust website http://www.rocktrust.org/eyh-sleep-out/

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