A big sleepout event is being held to raise money for vulnerable adults.

The Big Sleepout is being hosted by Darwen Food Share at the Rose Garden in Whitehall Park.

Darwen Food Share is a charity that offers a hot meal, support and friendship to vulnerable adults at St Peters Church, Darwen, on a Monday evening.

Organiser and chairperson of Darwen Food Share, Jenny Hearle said: "We are sleeping out for one night to experience a tiny part of what it would be like to be homeless, whilst raising awareness of our project and fundraising for sponsorship.

"My friend Gail Ainsworth, my sister Diana Conn and I set up Darwen Food Share in April in order to provide a hot meal for vulnerable adults in the Darwen area.

"We originally volunteered at Community Spirit in Blackburn but my brother who set up the Livesey Foundation in Darwen asked if we would set up a soup kitchen in Darwen as it was much needed.

"The Food Share is run by volunteers and is held every Monday at St Peters Church from 7-8pm.

"Food is regularly donated by Essence Restaurant, Greggs Bakery, Alfresco and Godfather Takeaways and members of the public who bring food into us.

"We have a group of regular guests who we've watched grow in confidence by coming to the food share by making friends and talking through their issues and now feel part of their own special community."

Ms Hearle said she'd like to make more vulnerable adults aware of the Food Share as she knows there are many more people who would benefit from it.

She added: "This is our first fundraising event and the Big Sleep Out is to raise funds for the Food Share whilst also raising awareness of our project.

"We hope to raise a minimum of £1500 through sponsorship and we have a Just Giving page which will be open till the end of November."

The sleepout is being held on Saturday November 9 from 8pm

Currently there are around 30 people signed up to take part.

Anyone wishing to get involved will need to raise a minimum of £20 in sponsorship.

For more information email darwenfoodshare@gmail.com or visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/leannedarwenfoodshare-conn