A student from City of Wolverhampton College is preparing to sleep rough on the streets of Birmingham in aid of charity.
Eighteen-year-old Justin Jansen, a Public Services student, will be joining around 200 other young people who will be swapping their warm and cosy beds for cardboard boxes on March 4.
They will be sleeping in the open air for 12 hours, and with latest predictions from the Met Office suggesting temperatures will plummet to 0c, the youngsters are preparing for a long night.
Justin said: “I’m expecting it to be cold and miserable but it is only for one night. Some people have no choice but to camp out on the streets day after day, regardless of the weather.”
As well as raising awareness of the problems homeless people face, the event will also be used to collect food, clothing and donations which will be donated to charity Up4Giving.
The sleep-out has been organised by the National Citizen Service South Birmingham Youth Board and forms part of a four week National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, a government-led initiative designed to support young people in the transition to adulthood through residential projects and community-based activities.
The group will be experiencing a night sleeping rough as part of their social action plan which is an integral part of the NCS programme.