Homelessness is highlighted by Berwick couple
A Berwick couple joined more than 3,000 people across the UK by taking up the Sleep Out challenge in support of End Youth Homelessness (EYH).
EYH brings together local charities as a national movement to end homelessness among 16-25 year-olds in the UK.
David Gordon, joint proprietor of the Yorkshire Building Society’s local agency in Berwick, Tyne & Tweed Mortgage and Investment Services, and his wife Pat, took part in a Sleep Out in Edinburgh to raise money as part of the Society’s three-year charity partnership with EYH.
David said: “We would like to say thank you to everyone for their generous donations and support for our Sleep Out in Edinburgh and other fund-raising events throughout 2018.
“The total raised this year to date is over £3,600 and still rising - which is amazing!”
“Having experienced sleeping out last year, I knew a night spent lying on cold concrete was a given.
“However, this year it was the loneliness that was highlighted.
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“Time seemed to pass incredibly slowly and it made us wonder what it must be like to do this day in, day out with nothing to look forward to.
“We were fortunate enough to be able to go home, have a shower, a cup of coffee, eat breakfast and watch TV.
“Sadly, sleeping out means not knowing where the next meal is coming from and wondering whether you’ll be safe sleeping on the street night after night.
“Thanks to everyone’s support and generosity, hopefully more can be done to prevent this.”
Yorkshire Building Society aims to raise £750,000 over the course of the partnership to support homeless young people into their own rented homes.
If you would like to sponsor David and Pat, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-gordon23