04:00AM, Saturday 30 August 2014
Fundraisers will spend the night on the streets of Windsor to raise money and awareness for a homeless project.
The first Windsor Sleep Out, organised by Windsor Christian Action (WCA), is being held to raise money for the Windsor Homeless Project (WHP) which provides food, clothing, shower facilities and support at its Windsor Baptist Church base, in Victoria Street.
The event aims to give fundraisers a taste of what it is like to spend the night on the streets and to hear the stories of people who experience homelessness night after night.
Stephanie Minici, trustee of WCA, said: "It's very important that people know what it's like to spend the night on the streets, because there for the grace of God it can happen to anybody.
"Something can go wrong in people's lives to make them live on the streets, such as relationship problems, drugs, or alcohol, so it is important we raise this cash to help us with the work we do."
Those taking part are encouraged to raise £150 before the start of the event, which takes place at the Windsor Youth and Community Centre in Alma Road on Friday, October 3.
At the event itself there will be live music from a DJ and bands in the hall and tea, coffee, hot chocolate, hot dogs, and burgers will be on sale.
There will also be a cardboard box decorating competition with the best entries receiving prizes before lights go out at midnight.
Tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches will be available in the hall at 6am.
Reverend Mark Richardson, chairman of WHP, said: "To be honest we'd prefer not to hold this event but homelessness is on the increase and we want to work hard to help those without a roof over their head.
"We are passionate about giving support to those who have fallen on hard times, so that they can be given an opportunity to rebuild their lives."
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