Celebrities give up their beds to raise �150,000 for homeless charity at Spitalfields Market

CELEBRITIES who ditched their beds for a night outside in freezing November temperatures raised more than �150,000 to help London’s young homeless people.

BBC Radio 1 presenter Sara Cox, Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, lead singer of The Feeling Dan Gillespie and Loose Women presenter Lisa Maxwell were joined by 400 other people for Centrepoint’s annual Sleep Out in Spitalfields Market last Thursday.

The sixth sleep out, which also saw singer David McAlmont, Craig Phillips from Big Brother, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, musician Joe Worricker and lead singer of Train Patrick Monahan swap their Egyptian sheets for sleeping bags, kicked of the charity’s Home for Christmas campaign and got it well on its way to raising its goal of half a million pounds to help house and support homeless young people over the challenging Christmas period.

Also bedding down in the cold for the night were Centrepoint supporters from businesses across the UK including Forsters LLP, King Sturge and Turner Broadcasting.

Centrepoint boss Seyi Obakin said: “It’s great that so many people pledged to give up their beds for the night, to experience a small slice of sleeping rough.

“It is a cruel reality that thousands of young people face every day. Sadly, the big difference is those who are homeless will not have the luxury of heading home to shower and warm up the next morning.

“Sleep Out helps to highlight youth homelessness, but also provides vital funds to help give more homeless young people a safe place to sleep and opportunities that will help them become independent, so that they can start to build a brighter future.”

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The event was fully supported by Centrepoint’s Patron, Prince William, who showed his support to the charity last year by spending a night on the streets near Blackfriars Bridge.