Thousands brave the cold in Edinburgh at Sleep In The Park

An estimated 8,000 people braved freezing conditions in Edinburgh during the Sleep In The Park event last night, a mass sponsored sleep-out to raise money for the homeless.

The star-studded event in Princes Street Gardens, which saw performances from Liam Gallagher, Deacon Blue, Amy Macdonald and Frightened Rabbit, was billed as “the world’s biggest sleepout” and aims to raise £4million to get people off Scotland’s streets for good.

With temperatures dropping as low as -6C in the Capital, thousands bedded down for the night in sleeping bags during the event, which was organised by Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite, which helps the homeless through cafes, a restaurant and fundraising events.

Scottish singer-songwriter Macdonald said Sleep In The Park was for an “amazing cause” and said she had no hesitation about taking part.

She said: “It’s really highlighting the issue that faces so many people every single night. I think it’s brilliant, it’s been raising so much awareness.

“It seems absolutely ludicrous that in 2017 that people are still sleeping out on the streets. It doesn’t seem that it would be that difficult to stop. Hopefully the money goes a long way to try and help that.

“It’s just crazy in this day and age, it shouldn’t happen any more and it’s really great that there are charities like Social Bite willing to try and help, and try and make a difference.”

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