A musical legend is hoping that it will be perfect when she entertains crowds at an Aberdeen charity event aimed at eradicating homelessness.
Eddi Reader, the lead singer of ’80s band Fairground Attraction, is set to host the Sleep in the Park event to be held at Duthie Park on December 9.
Members of the public have been asked to raise money by sleeping in the great outdoors for the night.
The event, which is laid on by social enterprise Social Bite, is hoping to raise cash to support the Housing First initiative, which has been rolled out across the country.
It will also see fellow singers KT Tunstall and Amy Macdonald fly in to play as they tour the charity’s four events across Scotland.
Eddi said: “There’s many reasons why people end up homeless, or on their ear, as my dad used to say. I really wanted to be a part of a group of people that supported and highlighted the solidarity with people who are homeless.
“The society that we’re in tends to want to demonise people who are homeless, but we can’t all be lucky.
“I just wanted to contribute in some way or another, and it was nice to be asked.”
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Eddi said that, for her, taking part is about showing support for those who are in trouble. However, if her involvement causes a boost in donations “that’s all the better”.
She said: “If you’re in a position where some people will donate because you’ve put your name forward, or they like your music so they get involved, then that’s great, but it’s definitely not the reason that I’m doing it, I want us to create a floor that no one goes under.”
A project that has been trialled across the world, Housing First aims to offer wrap-around support for people who are homeless.
The service, which draws on the knowledge and practices of charities and local authorities, will offer long-term tenancies to people who have been sleeping rough, as well as help needed to ensure they stay in the home, including support with mental health problems or addiction.
The scheme has secured more than 800 properties in Scotland.