The Hope Centre is delighted to announce that participants in its Virtual Big SleepOut-In last Friday have so far raised a huge £22,500 for the charity.
Taken online due to COVID-19 restrictions, more than 110 children and adults who signed up were given the chance to spend the evening on a Zoom call together before they bedded down for the night, somewhere less comfortable than their own beds.
Hope’s community and events fundraiser, Tanya Haji-Miller, said: “We have been astounded by the amount our supporters have raised and the numbers who took part.
“It was a different sort of SleepOut but just as uncomfortable for people to take part in.
“As well as raising funds for us, at a time when it’s needed more than ever, we hope our participants took away an understanding that homelessness is not just about the people who you might see on the streets; it’s also those in insecure housing who worry every day about where they are going to sleep at night.”
Next year’s Big SleepOut date and location are currently being finalised but the team at the Hope Centre have said they want the event to be bigger and better than ever.
Tanya added: “We want as many people as possible to join us and we have a few surprise new additions for next year’s event.
“Keep an eye on our social media channels for the last news as it happens.”
Hope’s next fundraiser is the Ride for Hope One Day Cycling challenge where participants will be able to cycle either 5, 20 or 40 miles starting at Salcey Forest on Sunday 16th May.
For information about how to sign up visit www.northamptonhopecentre.org.uk