Some of Birmingham's most recognisable business figures are preparing for a night sleeping out on the city's streets in the name of charity.
David Richardson, regional managing director of Lloyds TSB and Nicola Fleet-Milne from FleetMilne Residential are gearing up to take part in St Basils BIG SleepOut sponsored challenge, in Digbeth on November 30.
Those taking part are provided with plastic and a cardboard box each, donated by sponsor Jaffabox, and tasked with sleeping out.
St Basils have been hosting an annual SleepOut fundraiser for more than 20 years and this event is now one of the biggest SleepOuts in the country.
Last year 350 people took part in the event - including groups from Wragge & Co and Squires and Sanders - bedding down for the night in St Basils car park and between them raised s90,000.
Mr Richardson of Lloyds TSB, who experienced last years BIG SleepOut and has signed up again this year, said: "Its terrific that so many people choose to join the 'sleep out' each year and --for just one night - experience the plight of those who don't always get the choice. Its so important that St Basils can offer a choice and a chance."
Ms Fleet-Milne added: "Having a place to call home is something that I feel particularly strong about and is the very reason why I chose to go into the property sector when I set up my business. The availability of good quality housing is always an issue, particularly in city centre environments, so it is vital that we support worthy causes like St Basils and the BIG SleepOut to raise awareness of the issues around homelessness in Birmingham."
St Basils has to raise s500,000 per year to ensure services can continue operating at the current level. Last year more than 4,500 young people came to St Basils for advice and other support services including family mediation and supported accommodation.
A total of 150 people have already signed up for this years' event. Go to www.stbasils.org.uk/sleepout to register.