Council leader David Mackintosh to sleep rough for annual Northampton homeless charity event

Councillor David Mackintosh taking part in last year's Big Sleepout.
Councillor David Mackintosh taking part in last year's Big Sleepout.

The leader of Northampton Borough Council is set to spend a night sleeping rough on the streets to raise money for a local homeless charity.

On January 30, Councillor David Mackintosh, (Con, Rectory Farm) is set to take part in the Big Sleepout at ChristChurch, off Wellingborough Road, in a bid raise awareness of the issues faced by homeless people in the borough.

The event, which will also see members of the Northants Cricket and borough council cabinet member for housing, Councillor Mary Markham (Con, Obelisk) sleeping rough to raise funds for the Northampton Hope Centre.

Community fundraiser for the Northampton Hope Centre, Sue Wright, said: “We have seen an increasing number of visits to the centre over the last year and so it is crucial that we continue to raise funds.

“The annual sleepout is our biggest fund raiser of the year and the sum raised last year was amazing.

It would be quite something to top that.

“We still have spaces left for anyone who wants to take part in this year’s event and help us raise funds through sponsorship, but they need to register beforehand.”

The sponsored Big Sleepout is organised annually by the Northampton Hope Centre and is its biggest fundraiser of the year.

Last year 98 people took part and helped raise over £30,000.

Councillor David Mackintosh, said: “Homelessness can affect anyone of us and so I am keen to do anything I can to help raise awareness of the issue.

“Sleeping out – even a sponsored sleep out like this - is tough, but I feel privileged to be part of it. The more sponsorship everyone taking part can make, the more we can help the Hope Centre.”

To sponsor councillors David Mackintosh and Mary Markham visit www.justgiving.com/DavidandMaryareSleepingOutAgain

or contact 01604 837210.

For more information about the Big Sleepout or to take part contact the Northampton Hope Centre on 0845 5199371 (ext 6288) or email sue@northamptonhopecentre.org.uk.

The Big Sleepout 2015 takes place at Christ Church churchyard in Abington from 7.30pm on Friday 30 January, until 6am on Saturday 31 January.

As well as the sponsored sleepers, some Northampton Hope Centre clients who are homeless or have previously been homeless will be joining the sleepout.

Please contact Northampton Hope Centre direct on 0845 5199371 (ext 6288) or email sue@northamptonhopecentre.org.uk if you would like to arrange a photo/interview on the night.