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Homeless charity supporters to leave their beds for a night

Jonathan Warren

25.09.2012

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Jonathan Warren
As the weather grows colder and wetter, charity workers in Edinburgh are abandoning their comfortable wooden beds for a night in an attempt to draw attention to the city's homeless population. Hosted by the Rock Trust, Sleep Out 2012 will take place in the Scottish capital's Festival Square on November 8th and will see supporters spend a night sleeping rough, in partnership with organisations like Centrepoint, Keyhouse and The Amber Foundation. More than 45,000 homeless applications were made in Scotland in 2011/2012, of which nearly half were from people aged between 16 and 24. The majority of these people rely on support from charities like the Rock Trust, which provides supported accommodation in the form of shared and single flats, as well as providing assistance in getting a job or education. Kathleen O'Mahony, fundraiser and events coordinator for The Rock Trust, told the Edinburgh Evening News: "Sleep Out 2012 does not aim to replicate homelessness in any way. Our main priority is to raise awareness of youth homelessness. By working alongside other youth homeless charities, such as Centrepoint and The Amber Foundation, we have created a failsafe network that covers the length and breadth of the country."

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