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Sleeping rough for a good cause in Ludlow
3:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
THE biggest one-off charity fund-raising event to be staged in Ludlow happens tomorrow, Friday.
It begins at sunset in the grounds of Ludlow College and by sunrise on Saturday morning more than 100 people will have raised over £20,000.
They are sleeping rough for the night and will use the money to support those whose lives are blighted by homelessness.
The big ‘sleep out’ event, organised by Ludlow Rotary Club is also about raising awareness of the problem and sending a message to politicians.
Ludlow Cares was launched by the Rotary Club in the summer and John Howick, one of those behind the project is delighted with the response.
“There has been a tremendous reaction and g reat support for what we are doing,” said John.
Everyone taking part will have pledged to raise at least £200 and will be offered a cardboard box but otherwise people will fend for themselves.
Cover will be available in the event of very heavy rain and September was deliberately chosen because it was considered that the winter would have been too difficult for people who are frail and in poor health but keen to demonstrate their support.
It’s hoped serious cash for charities like Ludlow Foyer, Barnardos and St Basil’s will be raised.
All three charities help people who are homeless and especially the young.
Ludlow Rotary Club also supports the local food bank that is facing increasing demand .
Rotarian and former mayor of Ludlow John Aitken takes issue with people who feel it is not a real issue in Ludlow.
“Because we do not see many people sleeping rough in Ludlow this does not mean that it is not a problem,” said John Aitken at the launch of the project in June.
“We know that there are young people who are keeping a roof over their heads by ‘sofa surfing’ and cadging a bed from friends and relatives.”
He believes that the visibility of the problem in Ludlow and the surrounding area is also hidden because young homeless are driven out of the area to larger towns and cities.
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