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Stars to perform at Edinburgh sleep out

From BBC - August 30, 2017

The "world's largest ever sleepout event"-billed as a Live Aid for Scottish homelessness - is to take place in Edinburgh.

Sleep in the Park will be held in West Princes Street Gardens on 9 December.

It is hoped 9,000 people will take part in the sleepout, which will see Liam Gallagher, Deacon Blue, Amy Macdonald and Frightened Rabbit play unplugged.

Comedian Rob Brydon will host the event with John Cleese performing a bedtime story.

Celebrities including Bob Geldof, sports personalities and figures from across Scotland's political parties will also be sleeping out.

It is being organised by Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite, which helps the homeless through cafes, a restaurant and fundraising events.

Thousand households

No tickets will be sold, with members of the public and businesses joining the event by reaching fundraising targets and accepting the sleep-out challenge.

As well as fundraising, Social Bite is encouraging businesses throughout Scotland to pledge employment opportunities for homeless people with a target of 1,000 job offers.

The organisation is also hoping that at least 1,000 households will open their doors and offer up a spare room for a short period of time to help people find their feet with a "supported lodgings" programme.

Josh Littlejohn said: "By taking part in Sleep in the Park, you will be joining a movement to end homelessness in Scotland for good.

"We believe by working together, homelessness could be eradicated in Scotland within five years.

"We are planning to work closely with The Scottish government and other charities throughout the sector to create a five-year action plan which will provide housing, rehabilitation, job opportunities and the support that homeless people need to get back on their feet.

'Game changer'

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