Sleeping rough to collect cash

CLEVEDON’s town centre will become a hub of late-night activity when volunteers spend a night in the cold in the name of charity.

About 100 people are expected to take part in a sleep-out in Queens Square on Friday night to help raise money for Crisis Centre Ministries and Alabare, two Bristol and North Somerset-based charities that provide support to those who may be homeless or in need of supported housing.

It is hoped �10,000 can be raised from the overnight feat, which will begin at 9.30pm on Friday and end at 7pm on Saturday.

Organiser Jeff Peacock said: “We are trying to raise awareness of people who are at the bottom of the social ladder. People who are sleeping rough.

“It is really an issue that will grow even more over the next couple of years from the effects of the recession and people losing their jobs

“It is something that can strike people who have lived comfortably in the past.”

* Anyone wishing to take part in the sleep-out can call the Changing Lives in Clevedon Shop, which supports the two chosen charities, on 01275 877745.