Girl Guides raise astonishing £20,000 for Framework
Hundreds of girl guides raised an astonishing £20,000 for Framework by sleeping rough for a single night.
Around 800 Brownies, Guides, Rainbows and Leaders from groups across Nottinghamshire braved high winds and the persistent threat of rain at the “Night in a Box” event held at Wollaton Park back on Friday, June 29th.
I was utterly amazed by the level of support we received and would like to thank each and every participant for taking part. They exemplified the very best qualities in our young people and should feel very proud of themselves.
Michael Leng, Framework Operations Director
Intended to highlight issues faced by homeless people, the event was the culmination of ‘People Like Me’, a training and information programme developed by Girlguiding Nottinghamshire in conjunction with Framework.
Girlguiding Nottinghamshire Commissioner Kate Royse handed the money over to Framework Operations Director Michael Leng in front members of the 86th Nottingham Guide Unit, at Aspley Methodist Church. All £20,029 and 75 pence of it will be used to prevent people from losing their homes and suffering the pain and turmoil of homelessness.
Michael Leng, Framework’s Operations Director, said: “When we began our partnership with Girl Guiding Nottinghamshire we were just glad of the opportunity to take our message to so many caring young people. When we heard they were planning a sleep out to raise funds we certainly didn’t expect anything on the scale of what actually happened. To have so many girls sleeping out to support the people we help was absolutely staggering.
“I was utterly amazed by the level of support we received and would like to thank each and every participant for taking part. They exemplified the very best qualities in our young people and should feel very proud of themselves. Every pound raised will go directly to tackling and preventing homelessness – to helping people at the very edges of society to improve their lives.”
Commissioner Royse added: “I’m so proud of everyone who has taken part in this project and awestruck by the depth of understanding and compassion which the girls have shown,’ reflected Kate Royse at the presentation.
"It’s an amazing total which has exceeded all our initial expectations and just goes to demonstrate what girls and young women across Nottinghamshire can achieve when working together.”
Framework Chief Executive Andrew Redfern added: “This was by far the largest single fundraising event that any organisation has undertaken on our behalf,’ said Framework Chief Executive Andrew Redfern. We are hugely grateful to all the determined volunteers who helped to make it happen."