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Businesspeople join homeless for one night to raise awareness
Businessmen will once again be out on the streets to support the homeless next week for Suits on the Streets.
Next Thursday, charity Inn Churches will be joining up to 50 businessmen at the arches, near Forster Square train station, from 6pm to 6am for the sleep-out.
It is a chance for the charity to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless and also for businessmen and women to understand how tough life is on the streets as winter approaches.
Bradford restaurant Prashad will be providing food for those sleeping out and Challenge 66 fundraising runner Andy McMenemy and Gary Peacock, general manager, of the Midland Hotel, Bradford, are two of the first “suits” to get involved.
The team behind the event are aiming to raise £8,000, the total raised last year.
Gemma Harwood, one of the event co-ordinators, said that more people could still get involved.
“We want to get all the businesspeople representing every rough sleeper in the area,” she said.
“We aim to get to 50 and have 45 so far. We had such good feedback and have got a few other charities getting involved, including those working with youths.
“The Intouch Foundation, with Osman Gomdal, carries out feeding projects in Bradford and Keighley, and they will be coming up on the night to feed our suits.
“They will be feeding everybody. It is more about raising awareness than raising funds.
“We want people to know that there are nurses, doctors, and businessmen coming through the doors at Inn Churches and we need to raise the awareness that people can become homeless at any point in their lives.
“I slept out last year and couldn’t believe the effect it had on me. It gets cold, leaves brush past your face and you really start to think about what if you had to do that every night.
“Some people do that, they get up and go to college, and then sleep rough again.”
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