New record set at Northampton's Big Sleep Out

Some cardboard shelters held up to 10 people.
Some cardboard shelters held up to 10 people.

The people of Northampton have set a new fundraising record by sleeping rough for a charity event in aid of homeless people in the town.

More than 170 people slept in cardboard boxes and plastic sheeting in below-freezing temperatures in Abington Park to raise money for Northampton Hope Centre.

The Big Sleep Out is an annual event to raise funds for the Northampton Hope Centre.

The Big Sleep Out is an annual event to raise funds for the Northampton Hope Centre.

It has been confirmed that over £45,000 was raised on the evening on January 30, breaking the target of £40,000 and setting a new record for the event.

Tanya Haji-Miller, community fundraiser for Northampton Hope Centre, said: "After doing my sums for this week, I am delighted to tell you that we have just passed £45,000 for the amount raised for the SleepOut 2017. Very well done to everyone involved."

The Northampton Hope Centre is a charity that helps shelter and feed homeless people and are working to end the town's rough sleeping problem.

A night shelter for rough sleepers also opened its doors on St Andrew's Road on February 6.

170 people gathered on Abington Park to sleep in cardboard boxes.

170 people gathered on Abington Park to sleep in cardboard boxes.