SAINTS fans and kind hearted residents joined forces on Friday night to sleep out at the Totally Wicked Stadium to raise money and awareness for the homeless in the borough.

The event was organised by the Saints Community Development Foundation as part of national YMCA Sleep Easy week and saw funds raised for Teardrops Homeless Support Hub, the YMCA and the SCDF.

Those taking part gave up the comfort of their own bed for the night and committed to raising funds and awareness by living similar to how homeless people live on a daily basis, but with the extra security of the stadium walls.

Craig Richards from Saints Foundation said: “It was a really pleasing, but cold night.

"It was a great turn out from the local community. I would like to thank all the sponsors that helped out on the night. Costa were fantastic, Biffa, Co-op distribution as well as Cash Converters who were the main sponsors of the event, all made the night a great success.

"It was really well attended and everyone had a lot of fun.

“There was however a serious side to it too and to experience what the homeless go through in one night was really enlightening for us and it re-enforced that this event has to happen every year to raise awareness and support the charities that are working out there in the local community and do great work with homeless people.”