A REDDITCH charity will be holding a sleepout to raise awareness of rough sleeping.

Redditch Nightstop, a unique service which helps prevent homelessness in young people aged 16 to 25, is holding a sleepout at Redditch United's football ground.

The charity is calling on individuals from across a variety of sectors to brave the cold and give up their warm beds for one night to support the service and help to raise vital funds for its work.

A spokesman said: "We passionately believe that no person should face a frightening and dangerous night on the streets.

"We know that these events pale in comparison to the reality of being homeless. However, we hope that as we all go back to our places of work and comfortable beds the following day the reality of homelessness as an issue and the small insight of that experience will further support of the crucial work that we do within the local community."

They added that sleeping out will not be comfortable, and recommend warm clothes and a sleeping bag.

To register and receive a fundraising pack for this event, call 01527 66036 email sholtom@redditchnightstop.co.uk or contact the charity through Facebook.

On the night people will be tasked with creating the necessary shelter to protect them from the elements, experiencing just a glimpse of what it may be like to be homeless.