A woman has completed a challenge of sleeping outside for six months to raise money for a homeless shelter.
Ruth Legh-Smith generated more than £3,000 for the Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes, where she began volunteering after her husband died.
The 60-year-old started the challenge in March by sleeping without a tent in relatives' gardens.
Ms Legh-Smith said the thought of those who are forced to sleep rough got her through the six months.
"It's easy for me as I chose to do this," she said.
"I got my kit together and I have a life when I'm not sleeping outside.
"Lots of other people don't have the choice - they're suddenly on the streets and they've got nothing."
Ms Legh-Smith, from Milton Keynes, said volunteering for the shelter helped her "carry on" after her husband Richard died unexpectedly in 2019.
The couple lived on a houseboat and would often spend months sailing in different countries, so Ms Legh-Smith thought the challenge would be "a fitting tribute to Richard and how we lived life together".
She slept in temperatures ranging from -4C in March to 35C in August, in a homemade kit consisting of a sleeping bag, tarpaulin, fleeces and an insulated windscreen cover.
"It was a cold start and one night the wind was so strong I thought I'd be a human kite," Ms Legh-Smith said.
"But the weather hasn't been too bad and you have to think about the people that won't have a custom-made kit when they are sleeping out in the winter."
Sara Millington, from the shelter, said the funds had helped during a difficult time caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
"There's only a limited amount you can do for fundraising online," she said.
"We typically run a lot of community events but this was something Ruth could do safely on her own and raise a good amount for the charity so we were really grateful to her."