Hope Centre Big Sleep Out
The lengths people are willing to go to for Charity is sometimes beyond belief.
We may well be experiencing temperatures approaching freezing or even below, but that isn’t deterring willing fundraisers in joining the ‘Big Sleepout’ at Sixfields Stadium on Friday 26th January.
The Northampton Hope Centre is hoping to make the 2018 occasion another record breaking year in terms of the numbers of sleepers and the amount raised, surpassing 2017 which saw an incredible 172 campers and £60,000 generated.
10 NTFC staff will be taking part including club mascot Clarence the Dragon, who has invited ‘Mick the Skip’ mascot of local partner Mick George Ltd, sponsors of the Family Enclosure area at Sixfields. Inevitably, ‘Mick’ will be a much-needed source of entertainment throughout the night, as the conditions become a little testing.
The combination have set themselves a fundraising target of £700, which is already within reach having seen £460 donated so far.
For those who are questioning the challenge in hand, you only have to look at the list of advisable items to accompany those sleeping out, to see that this isn’t going to be an evening many will wish to replicate in a hurry.
From cardboard boxes, to roll-mats, survival-bags and weatherproof clothing, it’s fair to say this isn’t going to be the most glamourous event, but certainly serves a worthwhile purpose.
Founded in 1974, Northampton Hope Centre tackles poverty and homelessness. Their work helps people experiencing the most acute problems of disadvantage, exclusion and marginalisation. As well as giving practical support, they focus on helping people to help themselves, provide support and services that will enable individuals to take back control of their own lives, and campaign with them against the causes of their disadvantage.
The funds will help towards the £35,000 per month costs to run the centre, which supports around 120 people every day, providing hot meals, showers and clothes, as well as delivering a range of education, training and development activities.
Phil Clark from the Friends Group said: “We are really grateful to the Mick George Community Fund for the grant award, as we want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the wonders of the nature reserve and local rights of way network.’’
Clark continued: ‘’Having access to natural green space is widely acknowledged as being really beneficial for our health and wellbeing. This grant will allow us to improve access for wheelchairs and buggy’s, so that all members of the community can access all areas of the nature reserve and get out into nature”
Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Being able to provide support is immensely satisfying. Over the years, the business has been fortunate to be involved with some wonderful projects that have positively contributed towards the community, and we expect that this initiative will be no different’’