Published Friday 8 November 2019 at 16:40
The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen is set to join charity supporters and brave the cold for this year’s Nightsafe sleep out.
To celebrate its 29th anniversary, the charity, which supports homeless and vulnerable young people across the borough – will be holding the sleep out on Friday, December 6.
As well as raising vital funds, the charity aims to highlight the harsh reality that young homeless people face every day.
The sleep out will take place within the grounds of St Silas Parish Church in Preston New Road – home to a new facility created as part of the Children in Need DIY SOS Blackburn Big Build – and will run from 9pm until 6am the following morning.
Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Cllr Jim Shorrock, said:
Nightsafe is a fantastic local charity that has helped so many young people.
The fact that so many local people are willing to sleep outside on a cold December night shows the borough’s compassion for the less fortunate members of our local community.
The Mayor will be joined by staff from the council’s Children’s Services department to help raise money.
More than 100 people took part when the event last took place in 2017 which raised over £20,000 – a figure Nightsafe is hoping to smash this time around.