Another sleeping out challenge for Berwick couple

The thousands of people in the UK signed up to take part in the Sleep Out challenge in support of End Youth Homelessness (EYH) include a Berwick couple.

Wednesday, 28th August 2019, 9:28 am
Updated Friday, 27th September 2019, 7:21 pm
David and Pat Gordon pictured during the 2018 Sleep Out in Edinburgh.

EYH brings together local charities as a national movement working to end homelessness among 16 to 25-year-olds in the UK.

David Gordon – joint proprietor of the Yorkshire Building Society’s local agency in Berwick, Tyne and Tweed Mortgage and Investment Services – and his wife Pat will be at the challenge taking place in Edinburgh (Festival Square) on October 25 to raise money as part of the society’s charity partnership with EYH.

They did the 2018 Sleep Out in the same city and this will be the third one that David has undertaken.

He has helped raise more than £6,000 for EYH so far.

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Every year, it works directly with over 30,000 vulnerable and homeless young people.

David said: “Taking part in the events the last couple of years has been a reality check for me. To experience sleeping in a city environment – coping with an unforgiving concrete floor, traffic noise, late night revellers and the cold weather and rain – helped me to understand how important it is to support EYH.

“Through our partnership with EYH, we are funding our bespoke Rent Deposit Scheme, which provides young people with access to a deposit guarantee, home essentials grants and practical help for living independently.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and the team at Tyne and Tweed Mortgage and Investment Services over the last couple of years and would ask people to again donate what they can to help us give homeless young people a chance to build a successful future. To date, we have been able to help 328 young people into their own rented homes.”

The agency in Berwick is hosting a 70s and 80s music night and buffet at The Black & Gold, Tweedmouth, on Saturday, October 19. Tickets can be purchased at the Yorkshire Building Society agency on Hide Hill for £10, with all funds raised going to EYH.

To sponsor David and Pat, go to