Watch: Dozens brave chill to help homeless in Aberdeen sleepout

Around 60 people braved temperatures as low as -1C as part of a charity sleepout.

The group gathered at Asda on Garthdee Road, Bridge of Dee, on Friday evening and spent 12 hours in sleeping bags in the car park.

Organised by Aberdeen Cyrenians, which helps vulnerable people in the city, the annual event was intended to raise awareness of those who regularly sleep rough in the city while raising funds for the charity, as many of the participants were sponsored to take part.

“For us, it is only one night, but for many, this is every night,” said the charity’s chief executive Mike Burns, who joined those at the Aberdeen Sleep Out event.

He added: “We get people who take part who say that, once they get home, they find it hard to focus because they haven’t had much sleep – that is something that rough sleepers have to contend with all the time. We hope the sleep out gives people empathy.”

Mike was among the 8,000 people who joined Edinburgh’s Sleep in the Park event in December, along with musicians Liam Gallagher and Deacon Blue.

“I do think the Edinburgh event has helped raise awareness of rough sleeping and has encouraged more people to take part in our annual event and we also have people who enjoyed it so much last year, they came back again.”

Last year’s event raised around £15,000 for the charity, which provides a wide range of services for vulnerable people, including providing hot food and drink, clothing, laundry, access to computers and help with benefits, employ- ment and housing.

Mike said: “I would encourage anyone who knows anyone who is in need of our services, or anyone who can help us continue to provide them, to visit our website

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part and Asda for their support in providing the venue.”