Sleeping rough to support Simon

James Howard and the team at Yorkshire Payments in Brighouse will be sleeping rough to raise funds for homelessness charity Simon on the Streets
James Howard and the team at Yorkshire Payments in Brighouse will be sleeping rough to raise funds for homelessness charity Simon on the Streets

Staff at an independent payments provider are gearing up to sleep rough in support of the first mass charity sleep-out in Huddersfield.

Brighouse based Yorkshire Payments, which provides a wide range of merchant services to businesses in Yorkshire, is headline sponsor of the mass sleep-out organised by homelessness charity Simon on the Streets, donating £1,500 in sponsorship with employees individually raising a further £150.

The sleep-out comes to Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium today (Thursday) and will see staff from Yorkshire Payments and 40 other volunteers experience what it is like to be homeless for a night.

James Howard, managing director of Yorkshire Payments, made the decision to support the charity after seeing the important work it is doing to support ordinary people similar to those he was brought up around.

James and his 13-strong team will bed down in the concrete stand in the stadium alongside Huddersfield-based business representatives.

James, 29, said: “I was raised on an estate in Wolverhampton where poverty, drink and drug abuse was rife and homelessness was common.

“I was determined to make something of myself and I think that everyone deserves a helping hand, particularly as the recession has bitten and ‘ordinary’ people have been made homeless.

“Now that I’m in a position to be able to support a worthwhile charity, and get the whole team involved in something a bit different, I’m happy to do so.”

To sponsor the Yorkshire Payments team in its fundraising for Simon on the Streets, visit www.justgiving.com/Yorkshire-Payments.