STREET LIFE: But these Linlithgow ‘tramps’ were highlighting the plight of homelessness. Pictures: GORDON McBREARTY L124817b/c

301112 LYPP slum city at the vennel, linlithgow.

301112 LYPP slum city at the vennel, linlithgow.

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local teenagers lived in cardboard ‘slums’ last weekend to raise funds and their efforts were boosted by none other than Chanel.

Youngsters from St John’s Church, St Michael’s Parish Church, and Linithgow Young People’s Project highlighted the plight of homeless people across the world by creating a slum village at the Vennel, raising money for the Slum Survivor charity.

More than £1000 was raised and funds were boosted by a donated Chanel goody bag valued at £400, and a further £300 from the organisers of the Chanel fashion show at Linlithgow Palace this week. Further donations came from sponsorship and the public after the teenagers braved the elements from Friday to Sunday.

Russell Shields, St Michael’s youth worker, said: “Severe rainstorms on Friday night eventually forced the sodden youngsters to seek shelter in Cross House but they were back on the street first thing in the morning.”

One of the highlights of the weekend was an impromtu fashion show, when some of the slumdwellers created their own outfits from newspapers and strutted their stuff. One of the cardboard shelters was carried up to St Michael’s Church where it featured in the morning service.