Cold, wet and wind-swept rough sleepers helped to raise more than £20,000 at the tenth annual Mansfield Big Snore.
The popular annual sleep-out event marked its anniversary at St Mark’s Church, Mansfield, on Friday, 31st January, when more than 100 people bedded down in the church yard in aid of homelessness charity Framework and the people it exists to support.
Sustained with refreshments and good wishes by more than a dozen church volunteers, they braved high winds and flurries of freezing rain to spend a night in the open with just sleeping bags and cardboard boxes for shelter.
With a generous sponsorship package from Western Power Distribution is factored in, organisers – who have now received all sponsorship monies – say they have now broken through the £20,000 barrier for the second year in a row.
Framework fundraising manager Louise Darby said: “The reason I enjoy the Mansfield Big Snore so much is because of its unique community feel. Over the years it has motivated so many people to want to help homeless people – people of all ages and all backgrounds. The support we receive, from the church, from businesses and from individuals, is really very humbling.
“I believe that one of the things that motivates people to help is the visibility of the problem of homelessness in Mansfield and, more pleasingly, the visibility of the help available through Framework. The Sherwood Street Centre, where the money raised is spent, is a visible and effective beacon of hope for people sleeping rough in the town. We are so thankful that others recognise this too.
“I would like to thank all those who took part and all the people who made it possible. I would especially like to thank Pam Bishop for her amazing commitment to the event over the last decade, and to Western Power Distribution for their continued support of the event.”
“Graham Paling, Mansfield Team Manager at Western Power Distribution, said: “It’s the second year that we have sponsored this event and we are pleased that on its 10th anniversary, The Big Snore has raised this record-breaking amount. It makes such a difference to the charity in the Mansfield region and we’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with the charity and the event next year.”