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Local people have helped raise over £3,500 so far in aid of YMCA Trinity Group, Hope into Action and the Light Project Peterborough.

The Big Sleep Out, which took place in the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral on Friday September 28, saw 70 people sleep rough in aid of the three local charities.

Femi Olasoko commented on the experience: “I feel very blessed and thankful that I have a home to go to in the morning but I can’t quite find comfort in the fact that today hundreds of homeless people will have to do this again tonight, tomorrow night and every night after that.”

Jonathan Martin, Chief Executive of YMCA Trinity Group, said: “A huge well done to everyone that took part in this year’s Big Sleep Out. To say it was cold is an understatement! But everyone who took part did so with a smile on their face, and it certainly gave a glimpse into what it’s like to be living on the streets. The donations are still coming in and we hope that we’ll raise even more money over the coming days.”

The event formed part of Peterborough’s 900 campaign and builds on the Sleep Easy event in 2017. Participants were given materials to build their shelter for the night, as well as refreshments and entertainment – and they were joined by the Mayor, Mayoress, Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress at the event.

YMCA Trinity Group, Hope into Action and Light Project Peterborough provide a variety of services to support those in need. Together they house and support rough sleepers, young people, vulnerable single adults and families across Peterborough.

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Photos: Marc Wheatley Photography


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