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Social Bite fundraising campaign tops £4m for homelessness in Scotland

Bethany Christian TrustA festive fundraising campaign to tackle homelessness in Scotland which saw thousands of people sleep rough for a night in Edinburgh has raised more than £4 million.

Social Bite raised the money through its Sleep in the Park event in December and an appeal for £5 donations for meals.

The charity’s cafes in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen opened up on Christmas Day to serve dinner and give out presents to people affected by the issue.

Stars including Liam Gallagher, Deacon Blue, Amy Macdonald and Frightened Rabbit performed at the event.

Social Bite has already donated £25,000 of funds raised from the sleep out to the Bethany Christian Trust to fund extra capacity at its winter care shelter, and two of Scotland’s biggest housing providers, Edindex and the Wheatley Group, offered almost 500 houses to homeless people.

• Full story at Scottish Housing News.

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