YMCA sleep out raises £6K in Milton Keynes

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Local people helped to raise six thousand pounds for YMCA Milton Keynes at a fundraising event on Friday - by sleeping out for the night outside the YMCA.

More than 20 people took part in the event, helping to raise money but also awareness of the work of the local youth charity.

Participants paid an entry fee of £10 and slept in DIY cardboard beds.

The money raised will be used to support YMCA Milton Keynes services for young people.

“We’re thrilled about the success and I’d like to thank everyone who took part and spent the night out with us,” said YMCA Milton Keynes chief executive Simon Green.

Chloe Markevics, a participant at the Sleep Easy, said: “Sleeping rough for a night was a life changing experience for me. You can never truly understand how difficult it is being young and homeless unless you experience even a fraction of what it’s like sleeping out.

“It’s definitely taught me to appreciate the life I have more, because not everyone gets a chance to have a bed at night and that’s not right.

To donate visit www.localgiving.org/charity/MKYMCA/

Anyone interested in volunteering for YMCA should call 01908 295600.