Volunteers urged to brave the cold for homeless in Mansfield
Families, friends, colleagues and others are being invited to spend a night sleeping rough to help support homeless and vulnerable people.
Framework will be holding its annual Mansfield Big Snore on the evening of Friday, March 11, at Mansfield Town FC. Participants will expose themselves to the elements outside the One Call Stadium to support people affected by homelessness in the Mansfield area.
Now in its 12th year, The Big Snore has become an incredibly popular challenge event from extremely humble beginnings at St Mark’s church, where it began with two friends sleeping out.
Participants can expect a night of fantastic entertainment from local musicians, fun activities, warm hearty food and great prizes to be won at this year’s Box Factor competition – a competition testing cardboard creativity, will also grow in size, prowess, and be one not to miss!
Every penny raised will reach individuals who face, or have faced homelessness in Mansfield. The proceeds will be used to encourage vulnerable people to take steps away from instability and towards a more positive and enjoyable life within the community.
Framework Events and Community Officer, Sarah Cross said: “The Big Snore is such an important event to our charity and always receives strong support from the local community. It helps raise money for a very important cause and is also great fun. It is a real family event and always has a great atmosphere. Taking part in the Big Snore is truly an experience to remember and I look forward to welcoming people to this year’s event.”
Craig lived in a tent at the back of Mansfield Reservoir for four months before he was referred to Framework. He said:
"I was there for about four months in the end. It’s a lot harder than you think to live like that. It’s really nothing like camping. I was on probation at the time and they referred me to Framework. I didn’t know what to expect but three weeks later they rang me up and said there was a room free and that I could move in tomorrow.
"I’ve been there for three months now and it’s great. It’s like having your own proper flat. I’ve been working with the staff to get on top of things and am hoping to move on soon. From here I want to get things back to normal for me. I want to get back into work and move on from there."
You can help Framework to support other's like Craig by sleeping out for one night and raising as much sponsorship as you can.
Sign up NOW by visiting www.frameworkha.org/bigsnore
Picture: Framework staff, resident Craig, mascot Roofus are joined by Mansfield Town FC mascot Sammy the Stag.