SOLIHULL’S Mayor and police commander were among those sleeping out as part of a charity event for the homeless this week.
Councillor Ken Hawkins and Chief Supt Sally Bourner joined 20 staff from Solihull’s John Lewis store on Monday night.
The sleep-out came in the week that homeless charity Shelter revealed the economic downturn and housing shortage had seen rough sleepers increase by a quarter nationwide.
Camping in the shadow of Touchwood from 9pm-6am, Chief Supt Bourner said: “As we approach Christmas, it’s a chance for us to consider those less fortunate than ourselves.”
Coun Hawkins kept friends updated on Twitter.
“Too many people talking and waking me up,” he grumbled. “Don’t they know I have to make a speech at Heart of England School in eight hours?”
John Lewis Solihull is collecting tinned and dry food, toiletries, sleeping bags and warm clothing for the appeal. Donors can take items to customer collections during opening hours.
If you are sleeping rough, or know of anyone who may need assistance, call 0121 717 1515.