Fundraisers take on extreme sleep out suspended from Sunderland's Stadium of Light

This was certainly a sleepover with a difference - and a view!

Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 12:32 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th June 2018, 8:33 am
Sleeping out at the Stadium of Light.

Three adventurers hoping to raise £20,000 for Centrepoint are spending 10 nights sleeping suspended from landmarks across Britain - and their hair-raising challenge has brought them to Sunderland for a night at our city's football stadium.

Travel writer and author Phoebe Smith, rigging specialist Ollie Laker and rope specialist and A&E doctor John Pike have joined forces for the exciting task, which has taken them to a range of structures from Scotland, across England and to Wales.

Would you fancy sleeping out suspended above the ground? This is what these fundraisers have been up to!

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One of their stops was the Stadium of Light, where they set up camp above the pitch for the night. Other stops on their sleep tour so far include Dunnet Head sea cliffs in Scotland and St Benedict's Church in Manchester.

Centrepoint is the leading homeless charity for people aged between 16 and 24 - and supports more than 10,000 people across the UK.

As well as helping with a bed for the night, Centrepoint also dedicates time to working with young people to develop life skills, and address physical and mental health issues.

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The Extreme Sleep Out challenge for Centrepoint.

Phoebe said: “We’ve deliberately chosen to take on this challenge and sleep in some very strange places but the reason doing this is to help those who don’t have a choice about where they spend the night.

"I’ve had periods of my life where things have been unstable and I’ve had to rely on the kindness of friends putting me up because I didn’t have anywhere to stay.

"Sometimes that little bit of help can make all the difference, which is why we’ve chosen to support Centrepoint. Their work is proof that if a young person gets support at the right time, homelessness doesn’t have to define his or her life."

Text CAMP64 to 70070 to donate £10 to Centrepoint - £1 for every extreme sleep the team will complete.