The public are being challenged to sleep outside for a night and raise funds for homeless people as the annual Liverpool Sleepout gets set to return.
Merseyside charity The Whitechapel Centre has revealed details for the 2016 event, now in its third year, and is now calling on participants to sign up.
Taking place on 14 October in the grounds of St Nick’s Church on the Strand, the Liverpool Sleepout will not only aim to drum up sponsorship for The Whitechapel Centre, which helps people across the region who are sleeping rough and in hostels or struggling to manage their accommodation; it will also raise awareness of some of the issues faced by those who are homeless.
Fundraisers are being encouraged to gather teams of family, friends and work colleagues to join in with the event, which will be held in a safe area with stewards and access to toilets and refreshments.
A spokesperson for The Whitechapel Centre says: “This is nothing like really sleeping rough but it will give you an insight into homelessness and the issues faced.
“We work hard to make sure no one needs to sleep rough in Liverpool but there are still people who need our help.
“There is a serious message behind the event but it should also be a memorable and enjoyable experience.”
All participants must be 18 or over and must register in advance.
For more details and to sign up, visit www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk/sleepout