VOLUNTEERS will be swapping their comfy beds for the cold, hard pavements next week.

They are preparing to sleep rough in Northallerton on March 2 for charity - and are inviting supporters to join them for a fundraising breakfast the following morning.

The town’s first Sash Sleepout will take place outside the Methodist Church in the High Street from 10pm and those taking part includes local councillors, workers in local housing and rehabilitation services, business people, churchgoers and others.

People can also show support by dropping by after 10pm to make a donation or going for breakfast from 7am the following morning..

Participants are raising funds for the North Yorkshire charity Sash – Safe and Sound Homes - which helps prevents homelessness by offering young people a room in a volunteer’s home.

Profits from the breakfast will go to another local group, Soupa Trooper, who provide hot meals and support for vulnerable people in Northallerton.

The charity claims homelessness, particularly amongst those aged 16 to 24, is a hidden problem in North Yorkshire.

Young people who find themselves with nowhere to stay are helped in the short-term by the charity’s Nightstop service, which ensures they are kept safe at night in an emergency, through network of volunteer hosts across the region.

Anyone interested in getting involved in any way is asked to contact Sash on 01904-652043 or email info@sash-uk.org.uk. More information and registration forms for the event can be found at sash-uk.org.uk