HOMELESS charity Simon on the Streets, which offers support to local people in Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield, has celebrated its fourth annual Rough Diamond Ball.

The event raised more than £8,000 to help continue its vital work across the county.

The organisation offers street-support to people who have complex needs and cannot access mainstream services, due to behavioural issues or mental illness.

The event, which is one of the charity’s largest annual fundraisers, took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Leeds and saw over 100 corporate supporters and fundraisers come together in support of a local cause close to their hearts.

The evening boasted an array of entertainment, including a three-course meal, silent auction, a live performance by Chequered Band, as well as a diamond raffle as the main prize of the evening, which was won by Sue Ellis from Duchy Homes.

The headline sponsor for this year’s event was award-winning housebuilder, Duchy Homes, who were there to enjoy the festivities.

Commenting on the evening, Duchy Homes, CEO Dave Jones said: “Duchy Homes is proud to sponsor such a great event that will support the valuable work of Simon on the Streets in helping the homeless in our communities. Working in the housebuilding industry means we especially connect with the value of having a place to call home and the importance of good quality living conditions. We hope our sponsorship can make a big difference to those in need of support in finding a safe home.”

Other sponsors for the evening were Victoria Gate Casino and Ace Jewellery.

Speaking on this year’s event, general manager at Simon on the Streets, Gordon Laing said: “The Rough Diamond Ball is always a fantastic event and this year was no different, seeing all of our supporters come together in one room is what the night is all about.

“Our aim as a charity is to bring people leading solitary, harmful lives, with little or no vision for a better future, in from the margins of society and every penny raised tonight will go a long way in helping us achieve that.”

Established in 1999, Simon on the Streets is an independent charity, which relies solely on sponsorship, fundraising and donations.

The charity works with local people who are affected by homelessness and rough sleeping in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield. The organisation offers street-support to individuals who have complex needs and cannot access mainstream services, due to behavioural issues or mental illness.

To find out more information or to get involved in raising money or volunteering for Simon on the Streets you can visit www.simononthestreets.co.uk