Nottinghamshire CCC has once again partnered up with Nottingham’s CEO Sleepout this autumn in a bid to raise money for local homelessness charities.
For the second successive year, business leaders, prominent community figures and charity workers will spend the night in a sleeping bag at Notts County’s Meadow Lane.
The event, which takes place on October 5, is being organised thanks to a partnership between the Trent Bridge Community Trust and Notts County Football in the Community.
More than £50,000 was raised last year and the hope is that total will be exceeded in 2017.
“Homelessness is a significant issue locally, so we are delighted to join forces with a number of other organisations within our community to raise both money and awareness for such worthy causes,” said Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club’s Fundraising Manager Daniel Craggs.
"Building partnerships and meaningful, long term relationships is integral to what we do, both within our charitable arm, the Trent Bridge Community Trust, and at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club itself.
“We’re excited to be embarking on the second year of this collaboration after the success achieved at last year’s event – and delighted that it’s becoming an established part of the local calendar.”
Notts County owner Alan Hardy will be personally supporting the initiative and has his sleeping bag at the ready.
He said: “It’s difficult to believe that, in 2017, homelessness is still such a prevalent issue in our city.
“Nottingham is a thriving, prosperous and exciting place to live for the majority but, sadly, for some, it is an unimaginable daily struggle.
“The CEO Sleepout is a wonderful initiative and I’ll be appealing to all my contacts in the local business community to get involved.”
West Bridgford’s the Friary, a drop-in centre for homeless and unemployed people, and the Emmanuel House support centre on Goosegate, will be the project’s chief beneficiaries.
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