Sleepless night just a taste of homelessness
A Berwick businessman joined more than 2,000 people across the UK last month by tackling 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 to 25-year-olds.
David Gordon, joint proprietor of the Yorkshire Building Society’s local agency in Berwick, Tyne & Tweed Mortgage and Investment Services, raised £1,375 plus gift aid by taking part in the Sleep Out event in Edinburgh.
He said: “I would like to thank everyone for their generous donations and support for my Sleep Out in Edinburgh to help End Youth Homelessness. The total raised was £1,375 plus Gift Aid, which is amazing.
“The experience of sleeping on concrete paving was much harder than I thought.
“Combined with the never-ending noise of traffic, sirens, road sweepers, partygoers and rain from 3am to 6am, it made me understand how important and worthwhile it was to support this good cause.
“If the money raised helps one person to have a proper place to sleep at night, then it was all worthwhile.”
The Berwick agency is also supporting homeless young people this Christmas as part of its charity partnership with EYH. Thirty five homeless young people will have a home of their own this Christmas thanks to the Society-funded Rent Deposit Scheme for EYH.
The scheme is the first project of its kind to be rolled out on a national scale, and provides practical help to homeless young people who are ready to move out of supported accommodation.
People can buy a set of the charity’s Christmas tree decorations for £1, from the agency on Hide Hill.