The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, will formally launch the overnight charity ‘Sleep Out’ in Long Eaton to support the drive in raising awareness of the needs of the homeless in the community.
The Sleep Out will begin at 8pm on Friday 6 April alongside the war memorial in Long Eaton Market Place. The event has become a popular annual event organised by the Long Eaton-based Canaan Trust – an independent charity which supports those who find themselves homeless.
Councillor Chris Corbett, the Deputy Mayor of Erewash, has again pledged support for the charity by signing up for this year’s event – meaning he has taken part in every overnight sleep out since the event was started several years ago.
Residents, sports clubs and other organisations are invited to join in the fundraising event and help raise as much money as possible. Those taking part will ‘bed down’ in the area around the war memorial until 7am the next morning.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, has also given her backing to the charity and its annual fundraising event:
“The Canaan Trust offers vital support every single day of the year to those people who find themselves homeless and the Sleep Out is one of its most important fundraising and awareness-raising events. I salute the people of all ages who take part and would encourage residents to sign up for this year’s event to help raise even more money.”
Anyone interested in signing up for the Sleep Out should email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0115 946 4903. Children under 16 can take part if accompanied by an adult. The young people will bed down on the floor of St Laurence’s Church, which stands alongside the War Memorial.
The Canaan Trust, which is based on Main Street in Long Eaton, is a charity that has been working to help homeless people in the borough for more than 20 years. Visit Facebook/longeatonhomeless for more information.