Family of homeless man who died on Belfast's streets join public sleep out to say 'thank you' to volunteers
The public were invited to take part in the sleep out to experience the realities of sleeping on the streets
The family of a homeless man who died on Belfast's streets joined a public sleep out tonight to show their appreciation and thanks for the volunteer groups who helped looked after him.
Volunteer group Help4Homeless Belfast invited the public to experience first hand some of the realities of what life sleeping rough is really like as they hold a 'sleep out' this weekend.
Volunteers have stepped up their call for action following the death of four homeless people in recent weeks.
Among those who turned out to show their support was the family of the fourth homeless who died this winter known only as 'Roy' - he was found dead on High Street at the end of February.
Help4Homeless are hosting the event outside Primark in Belfast city centre from 7pm on Friday March 4 until 7am on Saturday March 5.
Organisers say the event is not to "replicate homelessness" but that it aims to to show some of the realities which include the biting cold, the damp, the noise and difficulty of carrying on your day with little sleep.
It said: "Not only are we putting ourselves in these guys shoes and raising awareness but we're giving the guys hope and showing them that that people out there care and are willing to help.
"So join us and together we will make a difference."
In the wake of the deaths hundreds of people attended a rally at Belfast City Hall.
Meanwhile a petition from Amethyst Outreach group which attracted more than 20,000 signatures was handed into Belfast City Council in a bid to open up empty buildings for homeless people.
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