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Editor sleeps rough at football ground to raise cash for charity

A regional daily editor spent a night in a football ground to raise money for charity.

Mark Waldron, who edits Portsmouth daily The News, joined almost 100 people in sleeping rough at Portsmouth FC’s Fratton Park home on Monday night.

Money raised from the event being split between the Society of St James, Pompey in the Community and national charity CEO Sleepout.

Mark described the event as “fantastic”, but “a bit cold”.

Fundraisers at Portsmouth FC's fratton Park ground

Fundraisers at Portsmouth FC’s fratton Park ground

He told The News: “The thing that has given me the most warmth is how many people signed up.

“The people of Portsmouth have got behind us and so many people have raised not only a huge amount of money, but a lot of awareness too.

“Just by giving up a few hours of our own time, we have been able to get people thinking and talking about a huge issue.

“The turnout for this has been incredible, and I would like to thank everyone who has supported this amazing cause.”

Last month Huddersfield Daily Examiner editor Wayne Ankers participated in a similar event organised by Huddersfield Town AFC.