Huddersfield's John Smith’s Stadium will be the venue for a mass rough sleep to raise cash for homeless people.

And the homeless charity Simon on the Streets is appealing for volunteers to sign up for its ‘Sleep with Simon’ fundraiser at the stadium, on April 23.

The event is the start of a charity partnership between the stadium and the charity which has been supporting street sleepers in Huddersfield since 2010.

Simon on the Street currently has two workers helping approximately 20 rough sleepers in Huddersfield as well as other workers helping homeless people in Leeds and Bradford.

Following a successful sleep out in Leeds, the charity is hoping Huddersfield volunteers will take part in a follow-up event.

John Smith’s Stadium managing director Gareth Davies said: “We are delighted to be supporting Simon on the Streets, not only to help raise awareness of their role in the community but to support them in their efforts to make positive changes to the lives of these vulnerable people in West Yorkshire.”

Simon on the Streets general manager, Helen Beachell, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with The John Smith’s Stadium and have already been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm of the team there.

“We anticipate the Huddersfield Sleep with Simon will be a huge success with the stadium’s backing and we are very much looking forward to the event.

“Whilst it’s impossible to accurately recreate the feelings of vulnerability and despair that sleeping rough every night can create, we’ve found that the sponsored sleep out is a real eye-opener for anyone who takes part.

“Our team are there to give advice about how to build a shelter and keep your possessions safe, sharing their own experiences of sleeping rough.”

For more details about Sleep with Simon visit: www.sleepwithsimon.co.uk .