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Volunteers raise more than £6,500 in sponsored sleep-out for Bromley homeless charity

PUBLISHED: 13:29 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:45 21 November 2016

Katie Peatfield from Bromley took part in the sponsored sleep-out

Katie Peatfield from Bromley took part in the sponsored sleep-out

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The number of people registered as homeless in London has risen by 70 per cent in five years

Volunteers have raised more than £6,500 for a homeless charity after taking part in a sponsored sleep-out at Bromley Parish Church on Friday.

The 25 participants braved the elements to raise money for the Bromley Homeless Shelter, which provides homeless people with a hot meal and a safe place to sleep throughout the winter.

The shelter runs from December 1 to mid-March and was used by around 39 people last year.

One of the volunteers, recovered heroin addict Paul Osgood, said: “I have been through the whole system so I know how it works. I know how important it is to have contact with others.

“Most homeless people would rather have a chat than be given a pound. The shelter is so important as it gives people hope and inspires them to improve their lives.”

Over the past five years, the number of people registered as homeless in London has risen by 70 per cent, with almost 7,600 people sleeping rough across the capital.

Ed Tree, chairman of the charity’s trustees, said: “I’ve seen poverty throughout the world and been involved in various social causes, and I wanted to do something for the local community.

“You don’t see homeless people in Bromley – they hide away, but they are there.

“The sleep out gave us an insight into what it is like to sleep rough – of course, this was easy for us with the knowledge that we were safe and had a warm bed and food waiting for us the following night.”

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