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Scores Of Locals Sleep Rough For Charity

Tuesday October 9 2012

The Penistone Scout Group at the Big Sleepout. The Penistone Scout Group at the Big Sleepout.

MORE than 40 locals slept rough in Barnsley on Friday night to raise money for charity.

The event, for charity Safe@Last, was to support the work done locally for young people that run away from home.

Volunteers included South Yorkshire Police Missing Persons Investigator Tim Fish, Barnsley’s Mayor Dorothy Higginbottom and a group from Penistone Scouts.

Those who took part had to forgo all comforts for the night as they were only allowed basic items to keep warm such as a sleeping bag and cardboard box.

Tim said: “In respect of the young people who run away from home and sleep rough with no form of shelter, I made the conscious decision to not have a sleeping bag and sleep rough in only the clothes I was wearing. Having laid out all night it brought to light the importance for the public to report missing children and any that they see sleeping rough. It takes only a second to call 101 and pass on those vital details.”

The event was supported by Voluntary Action Barnsley. 

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