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Intrepid Sleep Out fundraisers make £40,000 for youth homelessness

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Edinburgh fundraisers pulled on their woolly hats and gloves to spend the night on the city's streets to show solidarity for youth homelessness

One hundred Edinburgh residents braved the November chill to sleep on the streets of the city and show their support for youth homelessness.

The Rock Trust’s annual Sleep Out event has raised £40,000 for the charity already, fund that will support young people across Scotland who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Teams from Heriot Watt University, Dune London, Islamic Society of Edinburgh University, DJ Alexander, Wood Mackenzie, Scottish Widows and the Alliance Trust are just a handful of those who slept at Festival Square for the night.

Rock Trust chief executive Kate Polson said: “We had a great turn out on Friday and the atmosphere was superb. Everyone came together to show their support for vulnerable young people across Scotland. It is great to see this level of awareness and support. It gives me hope that we will manage to eradicate youth homelessness in the future. That is our ultimate goal.”

The charity added a few special events to this year’s Sleep Out to mark its 25th year. Teams took part in a build your own shelter competition to win a Spa day for two at One Spa. Participants were also treated to a one off acoustic performance by Nasher - guitar legend from Frankie Goes to Hollywood - and the night came to a close with a bed time story from Forth 1’s Mark Martin.

Also sleeping out on the night was Ben Macpherson, MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, who is a keen supporter of the charity.