COVENTRIANS are being encouraged to spend a night under the stars in aid of a homelessness charity.
The sponsored City SleepOut event, organised by charity Three Spires Round Table, will take place on Saturday, October 27.
Participants will be expected to face the elements for a night and experience what its like to be homeless.
The event will take place at Coventry and North Warwickshire Cricket Club on Binley Road.
The proceeds will support homelessness charity Emmaus Coventry and Warwickshire.
The organisers are calling on local people to sign up to take part.
City SleepOut event chairman Leigh Cunningham said: “Three Spires Round Table have a rich history of raising money for events within Coventry. We previously organised the fun run for many years and have now switched our focus to City SleepOut.
“We want people to come and experience how tough it is sleeping outside whilst raising money along the way.
“It’s a great way to meet new people and gain a deeper understanding of the issue of homelessness.
“Our aim is to raise as much as possible and create an event that we can build upon year-after-year to make a real difference within the city.”
Emmaus Coventry and Warwickshire and its homeless colony provides a home and meaningful work for 18 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.
Some stay for a while as they gain confidence and skills before they are ready to move on to independent living; others are in need of longer-term support and are able to stay for as long as they need to.
The charity is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
SleepOut participants will sleep out from 7pm until 7am, with cardboard boxes provided for an authentic experience and hot soup available until midnight.
The evening will include entertainment from the Coventry Three Spires Harmony chorus, and each participant will be given a special City Sleepout scarf plus a hot breakfast in the morning.
Leigh continued: “We hope City SleepOut will be a social event too, with people making new friends and helping each other through the challenge.
“As well as individuals, we’re encouraging local businesses to sign up as it is a great team building exercise.
“We want to make Coventry an example for the whole world to follow.
“We’re a big city, with a proud heritage of humanity and resilience. We can do this; we just need you.”
To find out more and register for this sponsored event, visit www.citysleepout.org