Framework’s Big Sleep Out raises more than £30,000

04 Dec 2014
by Neil Skinner

More than 200 volunteers braved the winter chill they took part in Framework’s Big Sleep Out in Nottingham. 

The event, sponsored by The Nottingham, took place on Saturday at Sneinton – the second time the venue has been used. 

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All the money raised will go to support efforts to help people who are homeless and to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.

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Event organiser Natalie Goodrich-Johnson said: “We are delighted with the turnout and, based on the record number of people who took part, are confident that we will raise more money than we have ever done before. When we first asked people to take part we said we wanted to shine a light on homelessness. Anyone who witnessed the scenes at Sneinton Market on Saturday evening can be in no doubt that we went a long way to achieving our goal.

“To see so many people – from young people and their parents to people of retirement age, businesses and community groups – putting themselves out like this to help people in need was a humbling experience indeed. I would like to thank everyone who took part, the dozens of volunteers who helped us to set up the event, the Sneinton Market Place for allowing us use of the venue, and in particular The Nottingham Building Society for sponsoring it.”

Once again the Box Factor competition proved a popular draw, where participants compete in a game of architectural one-upmanship to win the award for the best decorated and most elaborate box design. This year’s event saw the most outlandish designs yet, including a lighthouse and a Christmas grotto. The award, judged by Tom and Claire from Capital FM, was won by Team Nocturnal, whose festive design featured a Santa climbing down a chimney.

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