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Thousands of pounds raised for homelessness cause during Ipswich 'sleep out'

PUBLISHED: 21:22 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 21:22 06 November 2017

From left, Olivia Brown, Jason Joseph and Phillipa Ditcha at the Ipswich sleep out. Picture: THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

From left, Olivia Brown, Jason Joseph and Phillipa Ditcha at the Ipswich sleep out. Picture: THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

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Brave fundraisers spent a night on the streets of Ipswich in support of a homelessness campaign.

Alistair McCartney bedding down outside for the Ipswich sleep out. Picture: THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATIONAlistair McCartney bedding down outside for the Ipswich sleep out. Picture: THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

The event held on Friday outside Constantine House was organised by The Benjamin Foundation and 27 people took part, collectively raising more than £6,000 in sponsorship.

Participants were outside from 7pm to 7am the following day.

The charity provides accommodation in Suffolk for homeless people aged 16 to 25.

Chis Elliott, marketing and fundraising manager, said: “We were really pleased to be able to bring the sleep out to Ipswich this year.

“We have hosted a Norwich sleep out for the last two years and this has been hugely successful, with over 180 individuals taking part and raising £45,000.

“With the support services we offer expanding more and more into Suffolk we felt it was important to extend this flagship event to Ipswich. We have been delighted by the enthusiasm it has received.”

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