Paddy Tipping at Framework's Big Snore event in Mansfield
Volunteer rough sleepers from far and wide bedded down in a church car park on Friday night and raised more than £15,000 for homelessness charity Framework.
More than 80 people took part in part in the annual Mansfield Big Snore at St Mark’s Church, in Nottingham Road – the largest number in the event’s nine year history.
A hardy collection of adults and children braved near freezing conditions with just the protection of flimsy cardboard shelters, plastic sheeting, sleeping bags and warm clothing.
Every penny raised – as much as £18,000 when sponsorship from Western Power Distribution is factored in – will be used to help rough sleepers in the Mansfield area get their lives back on track and move towards independent living.
Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, took part in the event. He said: “Tackling homelessness and changing lives is really important, and the work that Framework does to address the causes and consequences of homelessness should be commended.
“Homelessness can affect anyone, from any background, at any time in their life due to financial or perhaps relationship problems. This is why I wanted to sleep out and show my support for Framework and the many projects they organise.
“It was a cold night but I brought plenty of layers with me to try and stay warm. I’ve really enjoyed the experience overall and hope the charity has managed to raise as much money as possible to go towards their specialist services.”
Framework Operations Director Michael Leng said: “I would like to thank Commissioner Tipping for supporting this event. Because of the extreme circumstances they find themselves in, people who sleep rough are at increased risk of becoming either the victims or perpetrators of crime. By taking part in this event the Commissioner is taking very practical steps to better understand and tackle the problem of rough sleeping in Nottinghamshire.”
Posted on Tuesday 5th March 2013