A team from Shepherd and Wedderburn will be sleeping out in Festival Square on 3 November 2017 to raise money for the Rock Trust.

Partners Patrick Bell and Fiona Buchanan, associates Peter Alderdice and Neil Campbell, solicitor Lucy Mulreany and business development executive Hazel Thomson will be swapping the comforts of home for a sleeping bag to take part in the Edinburgh-based event.

The Rock Trust sleep out, now in its 24th year, aims to raise money for and awareness for youth homelessness.  The organisation works with young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It provides a range of support services including emergency housing advice, laundry and shower facilities, mediation to rebuild broken relationships, supported accommodation, support to develop life skills, budgeting, cooking and music groups.

Fiona Buchanan, head of Banking and Finance at the firm, commented: ‘We’re really looking forward to the event. Youth homelessness is an increasingly important issue and the Rock Trust does great work.  This is a great opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause and we can’t wait to take part.’

Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing, will be on hand on Saturday to serve up breakfast supplied by local businesses such as La Favorita, the Loving Food Truck, and the Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square.

Last year’s sleep out raised more than £50,000 and the Shepherd and Wedderburn team is hoping it can help put the Rock Trust exceed the 2016 fundraising total. The team has already raised over £2,500, and hopes to add to that total before Friday. To find out more about the event, The Rock Trust and to donate, please visit their team page.