Sleep-out in Market Place to raise awareness of the rough sleepers
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Firefighters in the town have donated money to help homeless people in Great Yarmouth.
After seeing a homeless man sleeping in the training area at the fire station in Friars Lane, staff had to ask him to leave as it was unsafe to stay there.
Kevin Game, a firefighter at the station, said that he decided to look at how the staff at the station could help homeless people in the town.
The firefighters raised £145 in a whip round and also donated gloves and socks.
The money is being raised for the Salvation Army in the town to pay for a relationship counsellor.
The charity found that the most common cause of homelessness in the town was relationship breakdown.
Another project is looking to help fund a counsellor for the charity.
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An event called Project Sleep-out is being held tomorrow night (February 20) where around 20 people will sleep in the Market Place under the cover of the night sky to raise awareness of people forced to sleep rough in the town centre.
James Borg, a community organiser for the project, said: 'The idea behind it is to simulate what homeless people go through every day of their lives and to raise awareness that this is happening in your community and on your door step every night.'
Charlotte Casey, who is also a community organiser, said: 'We held some meetings to discuss what the most pressing issues were in the town and homelessness came out on top.'
She explained that the idea behind a relationship counsellor would be that people could drop-in to speak with them as a way of preventing people ending up on the street.
The sleep-out on Saturday night in the Market Place in Great Yarmouth starts at 8pm.
There will be a stall with hot food and sandwiches and bags of gloves and socks for homeless people.