BIG-HEARTED fundraisers are organising a sleep out in Middlewich to help the homeless.

Ten residents will be sleeping round the Bull Ring from 8pm to 8am on Saturday as they appeal for donations, toiletries for men and women, sleeping bags, hats, gloves, coats and tents.

All the clothes and equipment handed in will be washed and given to a Crewe-based charity called Chance Changing Lives which supports the homeless and vulnerable.

Disabled Julie Ryder, 46, has joined a team of volunteers to co-ordinate the event.

Julie, who will be joining the sleep out, said: "We decided to do the sleep out to raise money and awareness of the increasing problem in the country of homelessness.

"Our aim is to raise as much money as possible and we are also asking for donations of sleeping bags, hats, gloves, coats and possibly tents.

"I would like to thank everyone who has supported us."

Sisters Natalie and Michelle Jennings who work at The Turnpike and landlady Maria Cook are supporting the event by accepting donations of clothes and coats. The pub on Warmingham Lane is open every day until 11pm.

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Natalie Jennings who works at The Turnpike with her sister Michelle and landlady Maria Cook are accepting donations of clothes and coats for the homeless

Tullochs Private Hire has offered sponsorship and Simon Nadin of Acrylic and South Cheshire Print designed and printed a banner.

Soup, tea and coffee will be available throughout the night.

Chimichangos has offered to provide a full English breakfast for everyone who does the sleep out.

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"People have been so kind," said Julie. "We really appreciate their help. We have been totally overwhelmed by everyone's support."

"In this day and age no-one should be homeless but it could happen to anyone. More should be done about it. Universal Credit has caused problems for a lot of people. Some people are sofa surfing and stay with friends so they are not being counted."

Anyone wishing to join the sleep out can just turn up.

"People don't have to stay all night," said Julie. "They can just come down for an hour to support us if they wish."