Fundraising ‘sleepout’ in St Andrews highlights homelessness

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Around 100 people are volunteering to sleep rough in St Andrews tonight (Friday) to raise money for a homelessness charity.

They are taking part in the annual Bethany Christian Trust Big Sleepout and will be giving up their home comforts to bed down outside Holy Trinity Church Hall.

Among the people sleeping under the stars will be Cupar councillor Karen Marjoram who wants to draw attention to the need for society to look after its most vulnerable people.

“In today’s austerity climate, it is very often the least fortunate that are forgotten,” Cllr Marjoram said. “We see nimbyism regularly when any planning application comes in for social housing, and big builders continue to try and avoid building the agreed quota of affordable housing.

“People end up homeless due to many reasons, such as marital breakdown, domestic abuse, or lack of support after leaving care, and it is wrong for us as a society to allow our fellow humans fall through the cracks.”

Last year’s Big Sleepout, also being held in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, raised £56,000 for the trust, which helps around 6000 homeless and vulnerable people in Scotland to find, equip and maintain a home in their local community.

The event at Queen’s Terrace is open to all ages, although those under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

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