More than 100 people to brave the elements to raise awareness about homelessness in Norfolk

Norwich Sleep Out for the Benjamin Foundation. Left to right, Chris Elliott, Donna Tomlin and Joanna

Norwich Sleep Out for the Benjamin Foundation. Left to right, Chris Elliott, Donna Tomlin and Joanna Storey.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

More than 100 people are to brave the elements on Friday to help raise awareness about homelessness.

This year's Norwich Sleep Out is expected to be the biggest yet and challenges people to spend one night sleeping rough.

But with rain and wind forecast for the early hours of Saturday, conditions will be testing for the 110 already signed up.

The event has been organised by the Benjamin Foundation and takes place at Marsh Ltd's car park, on Queens Road, Norwich.

Money raised will go towards the charity's work with vulnerable young adults across Norfolk.

Chris Elliot, the charity's marketing and fundraising manager, said there had been a 'fantastic' response from the public so far.

'It shows there are a lot of people willing to put themselves out of their comfort zone and recognise the issues faced by the homeless,' he said.

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'It is heart warming that there are over 100 people willing to do something like this.

'It won't be pleasant on Friday, but they still want to raise money to help with what we do.'

According to Norwich-based forecasters Weatherquest, those taking part can expect a dry and cold start to Friday evening, with temperatures of 3C.

But towards midnight, there is a chance of wind and rain, which will last into the early hours of Saturday.

People are advised to bring warm, waterproof clothing, a sleeping bag, and cardboard to put on the ground.

Hot food and drink will be available during the night, and check-in is from 7pm to 8pm.

The charity's first sleep out in 2015 raised £17,000 and saw 70 people take part.

This year, the Evening News and EDP teamed up with the organisation to encourage more people to get involved.

To sign up or for more information, visit

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