A night in the cold to aid the homeless

St Andrews is to 'sleep out' to highlight homelessness.
St Andrews is to 'sleep out' to highlight homelessness.

DOZENS of young people, students and adults are to leave the warmth and comfort of their homes to sleep rough in St Andrews town centre.

The ‘Sleepout’ on Friday, March 22, is part of a national event to raise funds for homelessness charity Bethany Christian Trust.

Participants give up their beds for the night and will sleep under the stars at Holy Trinity Church, South Street to support people in Fife without homes.

Bethany’s Big Sleepout Organiser in St. Andrews, Andrew Stothard said: “This year is the first year the event has run simultaneously across Scotland and numbers are already high, so we’re really looking forward to welcoming our participants on the night.

“Thse who take part will know it is a tough night to sleep rough, in the cold and noise of the open air, but we will be keeping their spirits up with a cardboard shelter building competition and, of course, a hot breakfast in the morning.’

This year is a record-breaking year for the Big Sleepout with the event taking place in five locations across Scotland simultaneously – Aberdeen, Dundee, St Andrews, Dunfermline and Edinburgh.

Mr Stothard added: “As this year is Bethany’s 30th birthday year, we wanted to mark the occasion by doing something bigger which will reach more people as a result.”

The Sleepout is open to all ages, although those under 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Information on how to register and raise sponsorship is available at www.bethanychristiantrust.com or by contacting Mr Stothard by email: andrewstothard@bethanychristiantrust.com or by calling 07436 151 206.