Hardy group to defy freezing temperatures to sleep rough - despite Big Snore postponement

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A group of hardy folk will defy freezing temperatures on Friday night to highlight the plight of the homeless - despite an official event being postponed because of the weather.

Organisers Framework announced on Thursday evening that it had postponed tonight’s 11th Big Snore event at Mansfield Town’s One Call Stadium due to severe weather conditions.

Up to 180 people were due to take part in the event which has now been rescheduled for March.

But a group of fundraisers say they will still ‘sleep rough’ tonight.

Mansfield businessman Malk Hall will be joined under the stars by his wife Rachel, Andy Plant (Acorn Signs), Paul Nyland (Mansfield Town FC), Mark Burton (Ulyett Landscapes) and Stephen Bradbury (Riley and Co) among others.

Said Malk, of Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies: “People have kindly sponsored us to sleep out tonight in any conditions and not in March when it is likely to be a lot warmer.

“When I mentioned to the aforementioned that Rachel and I was still sleeping out tomorrow as a matter of principle it was clear that the others were also determined to still do it.

“It was a general consensus really. (It’s simply a case of local) businesses coming together and choosing to sleep out to raise money to help others who don’t have the choice.”

Framework says the postponement was a tough decision to make and highlighted low temperatures, wind-chill and wet weather conditions as a threat to the safety of those taking part.

Andrew Redfern, chief executive of Framework, said: “It is really disappointing that we have had to postpone the Big Snore. We are deeply grateful to everyone who has volunteered to participate in the event, and all those who were working so hard to organise it.

“Of course, bad weather is not something that can be avoided by people who are actually sleeping rough – they simply have to endure it.

“A sponsored event such as ‘The Big Snore’ can never replicate the isolation, misery and sometimes the outright terror of street homelessness for real.

“But it doesn’t help anyone to put volunteers at risk. In making the decision to postpone we have had to take into account that some of those due to take part are children and others are vulnerable due to illness.

“Moreover, the turnout would have been affected by the cold. So, in the interests of safety and with a view to maximising the impact and the amount of funds that we raise, we have reluctantly decided to reschedule. I hope our supporters will understand and be ready to help again when we have a new date. Thanks again to you all.”