The YMCA in Burton is a very familiar face in the town and has been on a constant mission to, not only give the homeless a bed for the night, but to put them on a path to success with its state-of-the-art training centre, says reporter Helen Kreft.

Very often, some of those who have been made homeless do not have the skills required to get them back onto their feet and into work. The charity’s training centre is why the YMCA has had such success in reducing the numbers of homeless sleeping in shop doors.

Hopefully, you will never have to experience the misery of having nowhere to sleep and no one to turn to in your time of need. The challenges, and danger, which comes with sleeping outside, with nothing but the clothes on your back, must be heart-breaking.

Burton YMCA reveals date for popular sponsored sleep-out

The YMCA sleep-out was instrumental in raising the funds needed to build the training and support centre Reconnect which provides courses and introduces skills for its residents to ensure they stay off the streets for good.

As the sleep-out moves into its ninth year, it has grown more successful with the totals steadily increasing year by year.

In its first year 100 people raised more than £17,000 and last year 170 "rough sleepers" donated more than £33,000.

It is incredible that 170 people would willingly sleep rough for the night but it goes to show just how charitable Burtonians are.