A YOUNG army medic has praised the ‘amazing’ support of residents after his challenge to sleep rough for five days raised more than £2,500 for charity.

Lance Corporal Jack Fisher, 23, chose to brave last week’s cold weather in support of homelessness charity Pathways - taking up shelter outside of Wombwell pub The George in the days and nights leading up to Christmas Eve.

A regular sight carrying his bucket in his hometown, and further afield, Jack chose the challenge to highlight the dire conditions many homeless people have to face at this time of year.

And it clearly resonated with people, who helped him raise hundreds of pounds each day - with the final total still being counted but expected to surpass £2,500.

“The first day I raised £300 which was a good start,” said Jack, who’s served for six years in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

“Pathways work alongside veterans’ charities and a lot of the money raised goes towards veterans who are sleeping rough.

“It’s been such an amazing achievement to know that someone will benefit from it all.”