More than 300 people are expected to sleep rough for a night to raise money for Nottingham’s biggest homelessness charity.
The annual Framework Big Sleep Out is back for 2017, following 2016’s cancellation due to a threat to the safety of the people involved.
The event this year, with the support of Nottingham Forest Community Trust, takes place at Forest Sports Zone, Gregory Boulevard.
The event costs £10 for adults and £5 for children aged 5-16, with all participants having to raise a minimum of £50 before the event on the November 18. This is in an attempt to raise as much money as possible for the charity.
Events on the night include the ‘Box Factor competition’, which challenges people attending to build the best and most innovative shelter.
“We have to pay for Hostels”
Mark harrison, 41, Rough sleeper
Framework have set a goal of raising £35,000 for vulnerable people sleeping rough in Nottingham.
John McGovern, former Nottingham Forest captain and NFCT ambassador, backs the campaign saying “we are pleased to be supporting the event and trying to really bring more awareness about homeless people”.
The event has been running for over 15 years, and aims to have fewer rough sleepers on Nottingham’s streets each year. The charity received a huge boost in April 2017 after Nottingham’s Rough Sleeper Prevention successfully bid for funding worth £371,350 over two years to help tackle problem.
Mark Harrison, 41, a rough sleeper in Nottingham city centre feels there is no help out there.
“I never see anyone round here trying to help with the problem”, he said.
“I’m just here till I have to move”.
Mark went on to say “there are food banks but it’s still not enough”.
Framework said more donations will help more people and go some way towards minimising the problem.
With winter coming support is needed now more than ever. The event takes place on Saturday 18th November at 7pm to 7am Sunday 19th November and you can sign up at the link at the bottom of this article.
- Increase of homelessness by 16% since 2015-16
- Rise of 134% since 2010 in Nottingham alone
- Between 30-40 sleeping rough on a typical night
- Highest level in Nottingham for over 20 years
If you see someone sleeping rough, call Framework’s street outreach service 0800 0665356.
You can purchase tickets here.