ONE hundred people gave up their homes for a cold and wet night on the street to raise funds for a charity helping the homeless and needy.

Organised by Charles Thompson's Mission in Birkenhead, the sleep out took place on Friday and has raised more than £15,000.

People laid out their sleeping bags in the carpark of its premises in Hemingford Street in exchange for donations to the charity.

They were joined by Birkenhead boxer Sean 'Masher' Dodd.

Praising the public's generosity. Amy Stanley, a volunteer and fundraiser at the mission told the Globe: "This is nothing like sleeping rough but it gives people an insight into homelessness and the issues faced.

"At Thompson's Mission we work hard to make sure no one needs to sleep rough but there are still people who need our help.

"This was our third year doing our Sleep Out Event. In 2016, we raised over £12,000.

"In 2017, we raised over £15,000 and so far this year we have already passed our target of £15,000.

"It always amazes me how generous people are and how many people really want to help the homeless and other people in need.

"We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the community getting involved to help us.

"On the night, we also opened our doors to the homeless so they slept inside whilst we were outside." 

The mission was opened in 1892 by Charles Thompson.

He died in 1903, but his goals lived on through daughter Annie who took over and was the charity's Lady Superintendent for 60 years.

She was awarded the MBE in 1953 for services to the people of Birkenhead.

The mission provides food, furniture, clothes, healthcare, counselling services and even toys for the borough's poorest children.

It is now run by Bernie Frost, who first got involved 14 years ago as a volunteer and has been manager for seven years.

Amy Stanley continued: "If people would like to donate to support us, we have a just giving page http://www.justgiving.com/thompsonsmissionsleepout2018?utm_id=26

"All donations are massively appreciated and make a huge difference."