People are urged to spend an uncomfortable and cold night sleeping out to raise money for a charity dedicated to helping the homeless and Huddersfield Giants Community Trust.

The Howarth Foundation works with charities and local community groups supporting homeless people back into work and more than 250 people are now known to be homeless in Kirklees.

The foundation has teamed up with the Huddersfield Giants Community Trust for the Giant Howarth Sleepout 2 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday, October 13.

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust uses the power of the sport to inspire people of all ages and abilities through four key areas – sport, education, health and social inclusion.

The Trust has a mission to support children in the school holidays by providing sport camps and food packages to keep them active and healthy. Almost 20% of children in Kirklees grow up in poverty, limiting their chances to take part in sport and physical activity.

The Howarth Foundation provides work packages to make the transition back into employment more accessible for people. Each package costs at least £500 which includes food parcels, clothes and travel.

At the event guest speakers will share their experiences about how hard it is to live on the streets.

The same sleepout last year raised more than £6,000 and it’s hoped this year’s will be bigger and better.

The night will feature entertainment and activities. Organisers hope families, businesses, sports and community groups will take part.

There is a £10 registration fee for adults and people are urged to raise at least £100 each.

Click here to register for the sleepout.

Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR ( specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.