Nearly 600 people have signed up for a charity sleep-out in Aberdeen which aims to end homelessness.
Charity Social Bite will be bringing its Sleep in the Park event to Duthie Park this December.
The group wants to raise funds that can be pumped into Housing First – a programme aimed at getting people with complex needs off the street and into stable accommodation, while at the same time providing “wrap-around” support for issues that they may have, ranging from addiction to mental health.
Housing First has already been given £4 million from Social Bite, and a further £6.5m was announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP conference in Glasgow last week.
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Entries for the event opened last month, and already 600 people from the Granite City have stepped up to the challenge, each pledging to raise at least £100 for the cause.
Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite, said: “I’m blown away by the kindness of the people of Aberdeen.
“It’s been an incredible response to see over a quarter of the spaces for Sleep in the Park be taken up in such a short period of time, contributing to over £800,000 that we’ve raised to far.
“I’d like to thank those who are already taking part, but would urge others to do the same and join the movement.
“There’s still time to make a huge difference, and if we hit our target of £4m we’ll be able to not only invest in our Housing First initiative across Scotland, but also ensure that those who are homeless in the city receive the help and support they need to integrate back into society where they belong.”
A number of celebrities have pledged their time to entertain the crowds, including whirlwind performances from KT Tunstall and Amy Macdonald.
Former Fairground Attraction lead singer Eddi Reader will be the host of the festivities in Aberdeen.
A special bedtime story will also be read to the crowds by Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes.