Stagecoach Group has agreed to provide a large number of free seats to fundraisers travelling to Edinburgh for the world’s largest sleep out on 9 December.
The event, organised by Social Bite co-founder Josh Littlejohn, aims to raise £4 million to help eradicate homelessness in Scotland within five years.
Stagecoach bus companies, Stagecoach East Scotland and Scottish Citylink will be providing the seats on services from 11 locations to the event in Princes Street Gardens.
Ticketholders for the event will be able to book seats on Stagecoach East Scotland X56 services between Perth, Bridge of Earn, Milnathort, Kinross, Halbeath Park & Ride, Ferrytoll Park & Ride to Edinburgh or on Scottish Citylink 900 services between Glasgow, Baillieston, Maxim Park – Eurocentral, Harthill to Edinburgh. Tickets are free, however usual delivery fees apply.
All seats must be reserved and can be pre-booked via the Citylink website using a special booking code that has been shared with attendees by Sleep in the Park organisers.
Stagecoach Group chairman Sir Brian Souter, said: “We are really excited to be able to help such an important cause in this way. This event is growing each year and is part of a fantastic movement to help eradicate homelessness in Scotland. By offering free travel, we hope that participants will be able to maximise their donations to this great cause.”
Mr Littlejohn said: “I can’t thank Stagecoach Group enough for their generosity and I am sure those joining us for Sleep in the Park next month will be grateful for the free travel.
“I’d like to thank those who have already signed up to join us in December, but would urge others to do the same and join the movement. The funds raised will be invested into housing solutions, addiction support and employment programmes to support a large number of people out of homelessness and back into society where they belong.”
The event will feature a live concert with acoustic performances from Liam Gallagher, Deacon Blue, Amy Macdonald and Frightened Rabbit..
Comedian Rob Brydon will be hosting the event, John Cleese will be performing a special bedtime story and attendees will also hear from Sir Bob Geldof on his support for the cause.
Sir Bob will also be joining participants and sleeping out with a host of other celebrities, sports personalities and figures from across Scotland’s political parties.
Members of the public can join Sleep in the Park by committing to fundraising at least £100. Businesses can sponsor the event by signing up a team of five with a minimum fundraising commitment of £3,000. To find our more and to sign up, visit www.sleepinthepark.co.uk.