Diners raise more than £10,000 to support homeless people

19 Oct 2015
by Neil Skinner

Leading members of Nottingham society pulled on their finest evening wear as they raised more than £10,000 to support homeless people.

More than 100 guests attended a Black Tie Dinner at the Nottingham Conference Centre in aid of homelessness charity Framework. Sponsored by Actons Solicitors, the dinner, on Friday, October 9, raised money to support a telephone hotline used to help people sleeping rough in the city and get them the help they need.

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Guest speaker Daniel Hanson shows off his star auction prize

Nottingham Designer Daniel Hanson, whose exquisite dressing gowns are known the world over as the ultimate in sartorial elegance, attended as guest speaker, giving the audience a fascinating insight into the world of high-end, luxury fashion. He also contributed not one, but two of his gowns as auction prizes – both of which were snapped up on the night.

IMG 4353Host for the evening Chris Senior in full flow 

Other attendees included BBC East Midlands Today presenter Anne Davies, fashion vlogger Becky Sheeran, and Nottinghamshire philanthropists John and Sue Brydon.

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Louise Darby, Fundraising Manager at Framework, said: “We are very fortunate to enjoy such strong support from members of the local business community, and we were delighted to see so many people supporting this event. In doing so they are enabling us to respond to people sleeping rough on our streets as quickly as possible and bring them the professional help they need to change the direction of their lives. I would like to thank everyone who took part in this event.”

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Guests entering into the spirit of World Homeless Day

All money raised will go to support the operation of Framework’s Rough Sleepers’ Hotline – a 24hour call and text service operated by the charity’s Street Outreach Team. The number is used by members of the public, police officers, NHS staff and others to bring help to people they are concerned about, and also by rough sleepers themselves who are unsure where to get help from.

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Our house band Swing Gitan

Christina Yardley, Director at Actons, said: “We are delighted to have such a long standing relationship with Framework. Over the last few years we’ve developed this event further through taking part in key projects such as the renovation of the garden at Framework’s older persons accommodation, taking on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks earlier this year, and being involved in the Black Tie Dinner. 

"What we really value, is that Framework is local - It helps those local people in our community who are the most vulnerable.   All the directors and staff at Actons have had opportunities to get involved with fundraising and volunteering  projects for Framework and have seen the difference it makes to people’s lives.”

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If you are concerned about somebody sleeping rough call 0800 066 5356 or text SOT to 80800.

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