Dozens brave big freeze to raise cash for Mansfield’s homeless

Local fundraisers braved the sub-zero temperatures on Friday night to take park in The Big Snore at Mansfield's St Marks Church. Eight young people aged from 11-17 from Mansfield's St Lawrences Youth Group took part in the event, some of them for the third time.
Local fundraisers braved the sub-zero temperatures on Friday night to take park in The Big Snore at Mansfield's St Marks Church. Eight young people aged from 11-17 from Mansfield's St Lawrences Youth Group took part in the event, some of them for the third time.

ALMOST 70 hardy volunteers braved sub-zero temperatures to raise money in aid of Mansfield’s homeless at the town’s eighth annual ‘Big Snore’ sleep-out event on Friday (3rd February).

Their efforts helped generate £15,000 for the charity Framework.

A total of 69 people aged 11 to into their sixties bedded down outside St Mark’s Church, Nottingham Road, with only cardboard boxes, tarpaulins, sleeping bags and layer-upon-layer of winter clothing to protect them all night.

Temperatures dipped as low as five degrees below freezing.

More than £11,000 has been pledged in sponsorship money, with a further £4,000 donated before the event.

The cash will go towards Framework’s £30,000 rough sleeper recovery appeal, which aims to fund move-on support services for residents of its Sherwood Street centre.

Among those sleeping out was 63-year-old Sue Ward, who said: “When we go home we’ve got the luxury of a warm shower and a warm bed. We know, however, that many people do not.”

Added Chris Senior, Framework’s head of fundraising and communications: “On behalf of those people who will receive our support as a result of this, we say a massive ‘thank you’.”