Date: 
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 16:00

Some of Cornwall’s top talents will be warming up more than 100 hardy souls sleeping in the great outdoors at the Eden Project on Thursday (November 10).

Comedian Ed Rowe – alias Kernow King – and singer-songwriter Suzie Mac are providing the entertainment as fund-raisers prepare to bed down on cardboard sheets for the third annual Sleep Out event in aid of homelessness charities.

Ed said: "Imagine sleeping outside in the wind and the rain in a bleak Cornish winter, or summer for that matter. People trying to ignore you, offended and scared because you have nowhere to go. Nobody should be homeless in this day and age, and I'm delighted to support the people sleeping out with a few laughs, raising money so help can be provided if a homeless person wants to seek it out.”

Ed and Suzie will be joined by Neil Caddy from Pirate FM who will be interviewing people during the evening, trying to grab some sleep in the cold night air and then presenting his Breakfast Show live from Eden.

Earlier in the evening Eden’s head chef Tony Trenerry and his talented team will be encouraging people to get involved in baking bread and making a hearty soup for everyone to eat together around the campfire, sharing stories during this community-spirited event.

Sleep Out is a nationwide event organised by the End Youth Homelessness (EYH) campaign, a national partnership of grassroots charities and companies that provides vital support to homeless young people. The national campaign aims to raise more than £500,000 for homelessness charities.

The aim at Eden is to raise as much as possible for two worthy homelessness charities, Cornwall-based St Petroc’s Society and the Amber Foundation (EYH Southwest regional partner).

There are still places available. Anyone who wants to take part at the Sleep Out at Eden next Thursday should visit www.edenproject.com/sleepout.

Eden organiser Jo Gale said: “Those taking part are doing an amazing thing by giving up their cosy beds for the night and stepping well outside their comfort zones.  People still have time to sign up and get behind this great cause. Or they can sponsor participants or donate directly to the charities.”

People can support St Petroc’s and the Amber Foundation by donating directly to them via www.stpetrocs.org.uk and www.amberweb.org or by texting COLD02 and the amount they would like to donate (for example £5) to 70070.

Based on Government figures, Cornwall is the fifth highest area in the UK for numbers of rough sleepers. Most are either from Cornwall or have lived and worked in the county for a significant time. Others travel to the county fleeing violence or in search of employment and a fresh start. For many, the county is simply the end of the line on the train.

A large majority of rough sleepers are young and male, many of whom have suffered a relationship breakdown or lost employment. Some may have drug, alcohol or mental health problems. Some are offenders, and an increasing number of former service personnel are being seen. Women account for approximately 20 per cent of rough sleepers. All homeless people are vulnerable.

St Petroc’s Society exists to provide a diverse range of services for the single homeless who, more often than not, fall outside the responsibility of statutory authorities. The Society provides accommodation, support, advice, training and resettlement services to single homeless people in Cornwall. Within resources available, they strive to provide the best quality of service possible. Their primary aim is to provide these services to people aged 16-65 years and for whom no provision is made within the community, either statutory or otherwise. www.stpetrocs.org.uk

The Amber Foundation offers a supportive and nurturing environment where young people, whose lives have gone badly wrong, can recover their self-esteem and learn respect for others, as well as other important life skills. Amber helps their residents to think through what they wish to achieve, and provides practical help and advice on how to reach these goals. The very low re-offending rate amongst Amber’s former residents is just one sign of their success. Amber provides 24-hour care and support every day of the year and whilst the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, their programme is carefully structured and tailored to the individual. For more information, see: www.amberweb.org

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