Sep 26 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
A CHURCH group based in Burscough are sleeping under the stars in an effort to raise money for the Birchwood Centre homelessness charity, in Skelmersdale.
The group will camp outside St. John's The Baptist`s Church in School Lane, Burscough.
The sleep-out will see young men and women from RED, a Church of England Church, swap the luxury of their comfortable beds for sleeping bags and layers of clothing as they try to stay warm throughout a cold night on Friday, October 4.
The group’s minister, Ben Dyer, said: “As a group, we are committed to raising awareness of youth homelessness and supporting local charities.
“Although we could never fully appreciate the trauma and hopelessness of being homeless, we wanted to raise awareness of homelessness issues and generate vital funds to support a very worthy charity such as the Birchwood.
“We felt a great way of doing this was to sleep out and make ourselves homeless, if only for one night.
“It won’t be easy, without much sleep, but I believe it will be a worthwhile experience that will live with us for the rest of our lives and help those less fortunate than ourselves.”
RED Church meets weekly in Burscough and was created because of the need for churches to connect with the 18-30s age group.
RED's aim is to be a welcoming and honest group of people, who try to live life following Jesus and helping each other along the way.
Stella Connell, the Birchwood manager, said: “In these difficult economic times, compounded by the introduction of new welfare reforms, it is essential to be aware of the pressures some young people face as a result.
“It is always a pleasant surprise to receive a wonderful offer of support like this from such an inspirational group.
“Every penny raised will be used to good effect and we are extremely grateful to RED Church for their kindness and generosity.”