VIDEO: Dozens sleep rough at Lakeside Village for charity

Mention a Friday night on the tiles and you’ll probably be thinking of living it up round town over a few drinks with your mates.

But for more than 100 hardy souls, a trip to Doncaster’s Lakeside Village shopping complex meant literally that – as people of all ages bedded down with just a few pieces of cardboard and sleeping bags to highlight the issue of young homeless people and runaways sleeping rough in South Yorkshire.

(l-r) Matthew Bradley, 10, Joe Smith, nine, Ben Smith, 11, Ben Higginbottom, 10, and Sam Higginbottom, all of Bessacarr are in their sleeping bags at the big sleepout at Doncaster Lakeside. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Matthew Bradley, 10, Joe Smith, nine, Ben Smith, 11, Ben Higginbottom, 10, and Sam Higginbottom, all of Bessacarr are in their sleeping bags at the big sleepout at Doncaster Lakeside. Picture: Andrew Roe

Organised by children and young people’s charity Safe@Last, The Big Sleepout attracted everyone from youngsters to pensioners to rough it for one night only in shop doorways and help raise cash for the organisation which helps more than 4,000 young runaways in the county each year.