Hartlepool pair sleep rough to help the homeless

Ste Cotson and Kyle Jeffries have raised over �700 for charity after spending 24 hours on the streets.
Ste Cotson and Kyle Jeffries have raised over �700 for charity after spending 24 hours on the streets.
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A kind-hearted pair took to the streets to help raise awareness for the problem of homelessness in Hartlepool.

Friends Ste Cotson, 25, and Kyle Jeffries, 29, were shocked to find a young man living on the streets in the town, and decided they wanted to try to make a difference.

The response has been phenomenal and the pain was unbearable for 24 hours, so I couldn’t imagine this being your life seven days a week

Kyle Jeffries

They spent 24 hours on the streets in the name of charity, and went without food or water for 34 hours in an attempt to replicate the experience of those without a home.

The duo have raised over £700 for charity Homeless Link – Street Link, so far, and took to the streets after running the Six Week Challenge over the Headland.

Ste said: “We were inspired to do this when we met a local lad sleeping on the street. We tried to make a difference.

“We went without food or water as well to try to make it as realistic as possible, and I think we walked about 32 miles.

“It’s not a nice position to be in, trying to stay warm and find somewhere to sleep.

“People are ignorant to the cause, and just tell homeless people to get a job, but it’s not as easy as that.

“How do you get new clothes, cleaned up and even attempt to get a job, when you barely have enough money to survive?”

Kyle said: “I have Type 1 diabetes, so I still had to maintain my sugar levels.

“Our feet are in absolute agony. It’s so difficult trying to stay warm and to get comfortable on a bench.

“The response has been phenomenal and the pain was unbearable for 24 hours, so I couldn’t imagine this being your life seven days a week.”

The pair have thanked those who have donated to the cause or supported them, after they received over 20,000 views on social networking sites as they documented their progress.

Donations can still be made by texting SCKJ66 followed by an amount of £1, £2, £5 or £10 to 70070, or by visiting their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Steandkyle