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Stay Up instead of Sleep Out

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Innovative new fundraiser from Rock Trust

Edinburgh’s Rock Trust has come up with a novel way to engage supporters when mass participation events have been cancelled.

Instead of its annual sleep out, the homelessness charity is asking supporters to Stay Up all night to help young people in Scotland who are homeless.

Whether participants take part solo or as a team, the challenge is to tackle tiredness, fight the fatigue and not to fall asleep.

This year is the first year since 1992 that Rock Trust will not be holding either its Sleep Out or its U18 Sleep Out events because of the Covid-19 crisis.

Those taking part are encouraged to raise at least £100 and the charity hopes to get across the message that one night without sleep could change the life of a homeless young person forever.

Its website says: “Every penny will make a difference to the lives of the young people we support.

“We recommend using JustGiving for raising sponsorship online. When you’ve registered you’ll receive a special STAY:UP fundraising pack to support you with fundraising ideas and activities to help you through the night.

“We’ll also keep you updated with how your support is making a difference to young people near you.”

Last year over 100 people slept out for the charity and were entertained with circus performers, live music from Be Charlotte, and a bedtime story from Edinburgh writer Helen McClory.

At least £20,000 was raised from the event.