A 24-hour sleepout in a town centre location at the weekend raised more than £950 for Crisis, a charity that helps homeless people across the UK.
Former Mayor of Morpeth Alison Byard, former Morpeth Rotary Club President Rhona Dunn and Caroline Pryer, a Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland, were in Morpeth Market Place from 11am on Saturday.
Mrs Dunn’s thoughts on her experience included the following: “From the very beginning, people were extremely generous and at no time over the 24 hours did we get any abuse or anyone being unpleasant to us.
“What really impressed people was the fact that we were actually going to sleep outside for the whole night.
“Many expected us to have a tent, but as I pointed out to them: ‘How many people have you seen with a tent?’
“The traffic of people was continuous all evening long and we had lots of lovely conversations with so many different people of all ages, including the taxi drivers.
“I always thought Morpeth went to sleep after the pubs closed, but actually it never goes to sleep and I found that fascinating. Even when it was starting to get light, I watched an ambulance go by, several taxis and a Greggs van bring the pasties for Sunday.
“At 8am, Rotary friends arrived with bacon butties and more coffee and soon after that we started collecting again. We were flagging a little by this time and we were so relieved when 11am came.
“However, it is very humbling to think that we only did that for 24 hours and homeless people do that all the time.
“I had never really thought about homeless people when seeing them on the street, but will never look at them again without feeling sympathy for their situation.”