Sunderland businessmen sleep rough

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FORTY businessmen slept outside to raise money for leading youth homelessness charity Centrepoint.

The Sleep Out event at St Andrew’s Church, Roker, saw staff from Taylor Wimpey Homes, Barratt Homes, East Durham Homes and Sunderland City Council bed down to experience a small part of what 80,000 youngsters across the UK go through.

Centrepoint is building a new hostel in Monkwearmouth to replace the one in Hendon.

Northern operations manager Martin Gill said: “We are hoping to raise awareness of youth homelessness and the work that Centrepoint and its partners are doing to help the problem.

“It is great to see people from the private sector, voluntary sector and local statutory bodies coming together for such a worthwhile cause.”

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/sunderland-sleepout.