Sleeping rough for Children in Need Date published: 12th November 2015 4.52pm

November is Children’s Rights Month, an initiative in Cheshire East to raise awareness around the rights of young people.

On Thursday 12 November Mark Watson, Cheshire Crimebeat Charity Co-ordinator, and PC Liz Stanton, Youth Engagement Officer, will be spending the night in the shoes of many young people across Cheshire and the UK by sleeping rough - with a few cardboard boxes and a piece of tarpaulin for shelter.

PC Stanton said, “The number of people in the UK who are homeless or forced to sleep rough in any place they can find has risen every year since 2010. Being homeless and having to sleep rough is particularly disastrous for children and young people and that is why our small team from Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Crimebeat will experience one night of the sort of life that too many people suffer night after night after night.”

The event, which will be taking place in Queens Park, Crewe, has been organised by the Children's Society and the Cheshire East Participation Network and has already raised over £400 for the BBC Children in Need appeal.
 
Mark added, “Being homeless and having to sleep rough is particularly disastrous for children and young people, hence mine and Liz’s interest and participation to try and raise a little money for the BBC Children in Need appeal, which takes place this Friday and which will direct funding to try and eliminate homelessness for young people.

Donations can be made online via the Cheshire Police Crimebeat fundraising page.

Keep up to date with Liz and Mark’s progress throughout the night on the constabulary’s forcewide social media accounts