4:02pm Monday 28th October 2013
A CAERPHILLY council cabinet member is to spend a night sleeping out in the cold for charity.
Gerald Jones, deputy leader of Caerphilly council will be taking part in the Cardiff Sleep Out at Wales International Sports Stadium on Thursday, November 7, to help raise awareness of youth homelessness in Wales.
Cllr Jones, who will bid to raise £500 for Welsh homelessness charity Llamau, will experience the discomfort of trying to sleep on a cardboard box on a cold hard floor during the winter.
The council’s Homeless Persons Champion said: “I have chosen to take part in Sleep Out because I would like to raise awareness of the work that Llamau do to support young people across the country.
“I have been surprised talking to people in recent months that there are lots of people who are not aware of Llamau and the great work that they do. The added bonus of this event is that it will help to raise much-needed funds for Llamau.”
He added: “Although we will be showing solidarity and raising awareness of homelessness by sleeping out in the cold, we will not be experiencing anything like the hardships that homeless people experience on the streets of Wales every night.”
You can support Cllr Jones’ fundraising by sponsoring him at www.justgiving.com/Gerald-Jones.
For more information about the Llamau Sleep Out visit www.llamau.org.uk/sleep-out/.
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