Estate agents sleeping rough to raise money for homeless people

Darlington and Stockton Times: Charity challenge: Hunters’ staff, from left, Brian Briddick, Steve McDonald, Lisa Preston and Georgina Evans prepare to sleep rough for the night. Charity challenge: Hunters’ staff, from left, Brian Briddick, Steve McDonald, Lisa Preston and Georgina Evans prepare to sleep rough for the night.

WORKERS more used to finding homes for people will be spending the night on the streets to raise money for the homeless.

Five members of staff at Hunters Estate Agency are set to take part in the Big Tees Sleepout in the fight against local poverty and homelessness.

The third Big Tees Sleepout is being held in the grounds of Middlesbrough College on the night of Friday, April 25.

Organised by Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, funds raised will go towards food banks, soup kitchens, hostels for the homeless and others in desperate need across Teesside.

Lettings partner Georgina Evans will sleep rough along with office manager Lisa Preston, personal agents Steve McDonald and Brian Briddick, and students lettings coordinator Jordan Clayton.

She said: “None of us have ever done anything like this before so we’re all a bit apprehensive. I don’t even like camping.

“We are all fortunate to be able to go home to a warm, comfy bed every night, but there are some homeless people that do this every night, while there are many others who live in hostels with no home of their own.

“Ultimately, if we can raise the profile of homelessness and poverty on Teesside whilst raising a bit of cash then it’s a sacrifice worth making.”

Among the dozens of fundraisers sleeping rough for the night are Boro legend Bernie Slaven and members of the Teesside group Cattle and Cain.

To sign up, for more information or to sponsor those taking part in the Big Tees Sleepout, visit www.bigteessidesleepout.co.uk To sponsor the Hunters fundraisers visit www.justgiving.com/Hunters-Lettings

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