Beat the Streets festival at Rock City last year. Credit: Beat the Streets.

Beat the Streets annual fundraising efforts going towards helping Nottinghams homeless have surpassed the £16,000 mark, despite not having any in-person events.

In previous years, Beat the Streets has put on a one-day music festival featuring around 80 local artists across numerous venues in the city in an effort to raise funds to help the fight against homelessness.

This year, fundraising has been a bit different; with prizes such as gift vouchers, Google Nests, VIP gig tickets and day experiences for Nottingham venues and businesses, available to win through a raffle and a Crowdfunder.

There is also a JustGiving page, in which participants pledged to run 141 miles – the equivalent of travelling from Frameworks Bristol headquarters to Rock City.

As of January 31, the organisation has managed to raise £16,701, since launching the fundraiser in November, in place of their usual festival.

Nottingham R&B/soul artist Jerub, who played at the festival last year and has worked with Framework in the past, announced the raffle winners live on Beat the Streets’ Facebook last Sunday.

“I love the creativity and innovation shown by the organisers of the festival,” he told us. “Obviously it couldn’t be done in the same way as normal so I thought it was super thoughtful and creative to change it up a little in order to give to a great cause.

“As part of my uni degree I had the opportunity to work directly with Framework, the charity that the money goes to, and they rely on the funds highly to help support rough sleepers and combat homelessness in the city. 

“I think Beat the Streets is a great festival and is becoming a very important one in Nottingham. The cause of raising funds for a charity that works with homelessness in the city is one that I cannot commend enough.”

By Tia Sanders