Sleep out in Ipswich town centre to raise cash for young people needing homes

People will sleep out in Ipswich to raise cash for youth homelessness. Kelvin Johnson of Southgate C

People will sleep out in Ipswich to raise cash for youth homelessness. Kelvin Johnson of Southgate Church Youth Group in Bury taking part in a similar sleeping rough event. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

A group of people will brave the chill of a November night to highlight homelessness and raise money for a good cause.

The annual sleep out in aid of the Benjamin Foundation will take place outside Suffolk County Council’s Constantine House in Ipswich on November 3 when people will have only a sleeping bag and a cardboard mat for comfort.

Money raised will go to the foundation’s work with young people on a range of issues, including affordable childcare, training, homelessness, bullying and abuse.

Chris Elliott, marketing and fundraising manager, said: “The event is a great way to build awareness of the issue of homelessness in our region, while raising much-needed funds which are used to deliver the work we do to tackle youth homelessness.

“In today’s climate of funding cuts and political uncertainty, fundraising has become more important than ever if we are to continue the work we do in this region.”