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Actor Stephen Rea and The Den's Bosco are some of the stars who will be helping to soothe Irish children and grown-ups to sleep by narrating bedtime stories - all for a good cause.

More than 50 Irish actors, celebrities and writers are taking part in the initiative to give subscribers access to a collection of stories and poems in return for a donation to the housing charity Threshold.

Subscribers will be able to listen to the readings for €10 a month and they will be available until the end of the year.

Novelist Colm Tóibín and children's authors Eoin Colfer - of Artemis Fowl fame - and Sarah Webb are among the contributors.

The stories will include poems from Patrick Kavanagh, tales from the Travelling community and Irish folk legends.

The fundraiser is particularly necessary this year as the pandemic has resulted in loss of employment and considerable financial hardship for many.

Threshold CEO John-Mark McCafferty thanked contributors for their help with the bedtime stories, the full collection of which will be available online through Patreon.

"We are so grateful to the contributors who have lent their voices and their time to this project," he said.

"Storytelling is an integral part of Irish culture, and a powerful tool for connecting with others and sharing and learning from our experiences, good and bad."

The stories are available online at thresholdbedtimestories.com until December 31.

Safe

"We receive a certain amount of funding annually, but as the number of cases we are dealing with continues to rise, we seriously need the support of donations to allow us to keep people safe in their homes," he said.

This year is one of the busiest yet and the charity has already supported more than 18,736 people, of whom 4,091 were in Dublin.

"If the demand for our services continues at this rate for 2020, Threshold will be looking at a 19pc increase on the number of cases we saw last year; and this is in spite of the moratorium on evictions being in place for more than a third of the year," he said.

Actress Niamh Cusack, one of the contributors to the project, said Threshold was essential for keeping families together with a roof over their heads.

"We all deserve a home. No one should be homeless and without hope," she said."To have people living in destitution is a reflection on us all."