A KIND-HEARTED shop manager is sleeping rough to raise awareness of homelessness.
South Shields YMCA store boss Sue Glossop-Freebody will take to the streets to highlight the plight of Britain’s homeless tomorrow night.
The brave charity worker, who will have only a sleeping bag, sheet of cardboard and warm clothes to protect herself from the elements, said she wants to highlight the increasing problem.
She said: “I’ve only been living in South Shields for five years, and I have noticed a difference, with more people out there sleeping rough and begging. I’m lucky enough that it has never happened to me, but it can happen to anyone of any age.
“This will be an eye-opener, to see homeless in that situation, and give us an insight into what happens.”
The event, called Sleep Easy, takes place at St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington, and Sue will be joined by store manager Emma Morgan, from YMCA Newton Ayecliffe, and four volunteers from the shop.
Sue, who says she is “scared and excited” to take part, said she would love to organise a similar event nearer to home.
She added: “We hope to hold a Sleep Easy nearer here next year so more people from the area can get involved. Lots of my colleagues wanted to do it and can’t because it is in Darlington.
“Just the other day there was a story on the YMCA website about a young girl who died living on the streets.
“This shouldn’t be happening, so we want to raise as much awareness as possible and raise money.”
The money raised from Sleep Easy Darlington will go directly to help Tees Valley YMCA hostel in the town. It provides 31 rooms a night to young people who would otherwise be sleeping rough.
Sponsorship forms for Sue are available at the South Shields YMCA Shop, in Ocean Road, Sunderland YMCA Shop, in High Street West, or the YMCA Shop Newton Ayecliffe, Thames Centre.