Sleeping rough to raise charity cash

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A group of people, including Pontefract councillor Geoff Walsh, raised hundreds of pounds by swapping their beds for the streets of Pontefract.

Coun Walsh was joined by fundraisers who slept rough outside St Giles’ Church to raise more than £800 for the Saviour Trust homeless charity.

The group, which also included Fr Guillermo Cavieses from St Giles and members of the congregation, slept rough from 9pm on Friday to 6.30am on Saturday.

Coun Walsh said: “It looks like we have raised more than £800 for the Saviour Trust which is a great amount.

“The Saviour Trust is a first point of call for people who are facing homelessness so it was the least we could do to help.

“It rained a bit overnight but not enough to cause us any problems. Then at about 3am the skies cleared and it got very cold.”

The Saviour Trust, based at All Saints’ Church Hall, on Baghill Lane, offers immediate and sustainable support for the homeless and those at risk of being homeless across the Five Towns.

It also offers information, advice and guidance and pastoral care and positive activities.

People can still donate and sponsor the group by obtaining a sponsor form from St Giles’ Church in Market Place, or by contacting Coun Walsh on 07973 747342.