Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Waking Up to Homeless Plight

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Waking Up to Homeless Plight

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Byline: By Craig Hope

Mark sleeps rough for charity

With London's five-star hotels just seconds away, Mark Everard could have been expected to book himself in for a night of luxury.

Instead, he braved bitter winds and icy air on the streets of the capital with a cardboard box as a duvet to raise money for the homeless charity Centrepoint.

Mark, 31, from Longhirst, Morpeth, took part in the charity event in Covent Garden along with celebrities such as Chris Tarrant and Jeremy Beadle.

The IT programme manager said: "It was quite a rough night. I'm not used to sleeping on cardboard and in shop doorways.

"I have always donated money to charity but this was a chance to do something more and at a time of year when they need all the help they can get because of the cold weather."

Mark had told would-be sponsors that he wanted to raise enough money to make it worthwhile.

He said: "The Waldorf hotel is just next to Covent Garden and so I wanted to raise enough cash to avoid the temptation of nipping off and staying there instead.

"My wife said that if I really wanted to sleep rough I could spend a night in the woods at the back of our house. She appreciates the work that Centrepoint does and she was very supportive."

Centrepoint is a national homeless charity focusing on 14-24 year olds. They have recently opened a centre in Consett.

Mark added: "Centrepoint helps these young people to get back on their own two feet, off the streets and hopefully into jobs. …

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