Supporters swap their bed for a sleeping bag at Sleep Out
Sleepers from across the country have been roughing it for one night to help give homeless young people a future.
More than 900 people joined us for Sleep Out London at Greenwich Peninsula, raising over £400,000 so far for Centrepoint.
A whole host of celebrities came along to show their support, including Sadie Frost, Love Island’s Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen, Radio 1’s Scott Mills, and Centrepoint ambassador Lisa Maxwell.
This year’s sleepers in London were also treated to live performances throughout the night including a set from singer-songwriter Dan Olsen, poetry by Hussain Manawer, and a bedtime story read by journalist Caitlin Moran and radio presenter Gemma Cairney.
The event replicates a small part of the experience of sleeping rough, but gives participants a taste of the challenges homeless young people face – the cold, the damp, the noise, and the uncomfortable surroundings.
This Christmas, 16,000 young people could be at risk of homelessness.
“We’re so grateful to everyone who gave up their beds to raise money and awareness of youth homelessness,” says Richard Utting, Head of Events at Centrepoint.
“It’s a scandal that in the 21st century there are still young people left with no option but to sleep rough.”