Updated: Friday, 10th July 2020 @ 7:36am

Sponsored 'sleep-out' aims to tackle high number of Manchester's rough sleepers and homeless

Sponsored 'sleep-out' aims to tackle high number of Manchester's rough sleepers and homeless

By Mancunian Matters staff

A sponsored ‘sleep-out’ by members of Manchester Cathedral is hoping to raise money for a charity in a bid to tackle the high number of rough sleepers.

Reverend Rhiannon Jones along with nine members of staff from the Cathedral and members of the public will witness first-hand the adversity of living on the street.

The team will swap their beds and duvets for the pavement and open sky on November 9 to raise money for the Booth Centre.

Joe Gravett is one of those taking part in the sleep out. He is credited as the top fundraiser on the Booth Centre Just Giving website, raising £535.00 so far.

Joe said: “The prospect of lying on some cold and damp cardboard in the drizzle isn't what I'd usually consider a fitting way to spend a Friday night, so why would I do something so absurd?

“Well the answer is simple: to raise money for an amazing charity, the Booth Centre, which provides a huge amount of help to anyone who finds themselves homeless in Manchester.”

The sleep-out, from 9pm until the following morning, will be situated outside Manchester Cathedral in a bid to highlight the hardship that homeless people face every night of the year.

Last year the sponsored sleep-out raised over £8,000 for the charity.

The money went towards rebuilding the lives of the homeless by providing advice, education and training.

Already, the charity has helped numerous men and women get back on their feet and socialise them back into the community.

This year the sponsored sleep has already raised £2,227.70 for the Booth Centre, which opened its doors seventeen years ago.

The sponsored sleep-out is open to everyone and if you are up for the challenge then visit www.boothcentre.org.uk or call on 0161 835 2499.  

To donate toward the sponsored sleep-out then visit www.justgiving.com/ManchesterCathedralSleepout

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