The Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Councillor Barry Hunt, will be enduring two festive nights in the cold in a bid to raise awareness and funding to help keep people off the streets.

Cllr Hunt will be spending his Christmas sleeping out on Redcar High Street 9pm to 8am on both 24 and 25 December.

All money raised will go to the Mayor’s chosen charities, Redcar’s Coatham House, a charity which provides safe accommodation for young people in housing need, and Earthbeat, a theatre group for adults with learning disabilities.

Cllr Barry Hunt said: “I think this is a really effective way of getting even the slightest glimpse into the long, cold and lonely nights many people face.

“Sleeping outside is not only physically demanding, but mentally demanding as well, which is why I wanted to do it on my own at Christmas.

“By giving up the warm comforts we all sometimes take for granted, especially at this time of year, I want to highlight the plight of the homeless and raise a lot of money for the two worthy causes.

“I would ask as many people as possible to make a donation. I will be contacting schools, going round Council offices with a collection bucket, giving out sponsor forms, and doing whatever I possibly can to raise money.”

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