Alpha Rail employee Andy Davies and his daughter Trudie took part in the “Big Snore” sleep out event which took place at Mansfield Town Football Club on 11 March.
The event was organised by homeless charity Framework and aimed to raise over £20,000 to support Framework’s Mansfield support centre on Sherwood Street.
Commenting Andy said, “My daughter had recently watched a TV programme about homelessness and said she wanted to do something to help. She began by asking if she could donate some of her birthday money and then I heard about the Big Snore on local radio and she was very eager to take part. She worked very hard to obtain sponsor money from family and friends and we are very proud of her for wanting to taking part and experience what it is like to be homeless with nothing but a sleeping bag and cardboard box for warmth.”
The Big Snore is an annual event and has been taking place for the last 12 years. It is an important event in Framework’s fund raising calendar as every penny raised helps a vulnerable person take steps away from instability and towards a more positive and enjoyable life within the community.
The Sherwood Street Centre was opened in 2010 and has become a vital community asset. It houses 15 homeless people from Ashfield and Mansfield who have either been sleeping rough or are at immediate risk of doing so.
In total, over 200 people took part in the event. Andy and Trudie raised £100 which will help provide much needed support.