Sleeping rough to help the homeless

Dr Artaraz and some of the students taking part
Dr Artaraz and some of the students taking part

Students from the University of Brighton will sleep rough for a night to raise money for the homeless.

They will join 100 volunteers taking part in the YMCA Downslink Group ‘Sleep Easy’ challenge next Friday (March 24). The charity helps young people to move into safe accommodation.

The 12 social policy students getting involved are from the university’s School of Applied Social Science.

Dr Kepa Artaraz, principal lecturer in the school, said: “The theme of the challenge is ‘sleep rough so that others don’t have to’. It is a great cause and my students are passionate about taking part and helping the homeless. I hope others will feel the same and donate.”

YMCA Downslink Group supports more than 10,000 children, young people and families across Sussex and Surrey each year.

The charity has warned volunteers: “It won’t be warm and it won’t be comfortable, but we know that the money we raise will make a huge difference to many young people.”

Last year the campaign raised £24,000 and this year the charity hopes to reach £50,000.

To find out more about the challenge, click here, and to donate, click here.