Group sleeping rough tonight to highlight homelessness in Rugby

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VOLUNTEERS this week braved all weathers to raise awareness of homelessness in Rugby.

Ten people took part in the Sleep Out to Help Out project, being organised by Matt Robinson, yesterday (Wednesday).

The Advertiser caught up with three of the volunteers on Wednesday, including members of Rugby homeless charity Hope4 and estate agent Sean Newman.

They were outside St Andrew’s Church, looking for food and cardboard to wrap themselves up in for the night while it was pouring with rain.

They said they were hungry and cold and thanked everyone who had given them donations.

Organiser Matt said: “Even though homeless charities like Hope4 exist, many of the things we take for granted - food, homes, warm and clean clothes - are hard to come by for the homeless, especially when temperatures drop below freezing.”

Homelessness in Rugby is getting worse.

Since 2004, volunteers have handed out 35,000 free hot meals to hungry people in Rugby.

Pete Wayman, support worker for Hope4, was one of the people taking part in the sleep out.

“The cuts may be necessary but it’s often the poorest who feel the knock-on effects,” he said.