Women’s Institute members sleep rough for charity

11 Sep 2013
by Neil Skinner

More than a dozen members of the Women’s Institute showed their support for homeless people – by sleeping rough in a Nottinghamshire field.

Ladies from the WI’s Bleasby branch decided earlier in the year to raise money for two Nottinghamshire causes: homelessness charity, Framework and the Southwell Care Project.

On Friday night (September 6), 17 of them bedded down under canvas on the village green to raise much-needed sponsorship money – money that may change and (in some cases) save people’s lives.

Committee member Melanie Mundell explained: “We wanted to do something that was a little bit different. It’s easy to think of the WI and think of traditional things like tombolas and cake sales, but not so easy to think of 17 ladies sleeping rough in a field.

“We all realise homelessness is something that could happen to anybody – to somebody we know or even to a member of our family. It is for that reason that we are so determined to help.

“Like so many things the sleep out plan seemed like a good idea at the time!”

The money raised by the participants will be used by Framework in a variety of ways: to prevent homelessness with expert legal advice and support; to provide independent living skills for homeless people; to help rough sleepers off the streets; and to provide opportunities for vulnerable people to change their lives.

Framework Fundraising Manager Louise Darby added: “This is a wonderful example of people challenging themselves to help vulnerable people. Sleeping out like this, when you are unaware of what weather may confront you, is never easy and we are hugely grateful to everybody who took part.”

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