Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Inside the Hidden World of ROUGH Sleeping

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Inside the Hidden World of ROUGH Sleeping

Article excerpt

MORE people are sleeping rough than at any other time since the Second World War.

There's a homelessness crisis and it's getting worse.

To highlight the epidemic, former soldier Ed Stafford has decided to spend 60 winter days and nights on the streets, with no money or shelter, filming himself for a first-hand view.

Spending time in Manchester, London and Glasgow, he meets people on the streets, finding out how they ended up there and learning how they survive.

It's a big risk to his physical and mental health as he says goodbye to his wife and young child to enter a dangerous world in the grip of booze and drugs.

Ed, a seasoned explorer, says: "Homelessness is massively on the rise and it's something that shocks me but also it's something that I don't understand."

With just a few clothes, a sleeping bag and a camera, Ed starts in Manchester, a city where rough sleeping has increased sevenfold since 2010. …

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