Still time to sign up to this year’s Norwich Sleep Out charity event

Staff from Norwich solicitors Clapham & Collinge will be joining The Benjamin Foundation's Sleep Out

Staff from Norwich solicitors Clapham & Collinge will be joining The Benjamin Foundation's Sleep Out. Pic: Submitted. - Credit: Archant

There is still time for people to sign up to this year's Norwich Sleep Out and help tackle the city's ongoing homelessness issue.

The event, which takes place on November 11, challenges people to spend one night sleeping rough to increase awareness about the problem.

It will also help to raise money for the Benjamin Foundation, which works with vulnerable young adults across the county.

The Evening News has teamed up with the charity to encourage 150 people to take part in what will be its largest fundraising event to date.

Chris Elliot, marketing and fundraising manager, said: 'We are really pleased with the interest in our Norwich Sleep Out so far. Lots of people have been in touch and are now gathering a group of friends and work colleagues to take part with them.


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'With only just over six weeks to go we'd love more people to sign up and see if we can reach our target of 150 participants. More people taking part means we can raise more money to help our work with young homeless adults in Norfolk.'

This year's sleep out takes place in the car park of Marsh, on Queens Road in Norwich.

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It starts on Friday, November 11 from 7pm through to 7am the following day. Food will be available during the evening, and people will be able to make themselves hot drinks.

Clapham & Collinge solicitors, which invited more than 70 people to sleep in its car park last year for the challenge, is making another return.

Louis Hilldrup-Boorman, marketing manager, said a team of three from the company raised £800 in 2015.

He said: 'Having braved the elements at last year's sleep out, I'm proud to support the event once again.

'Although one night will never replicate the hardship faced by those who are homeless, it does give you a flavour of what it might be like to be homeless, whilst raising vital funds for a charity who supports vulnerable young adults in Norfolk and soon Suffolk too.

'I'll definitely be bringing my waterproofs this year.'

Another company taking part this year is TP Fire, based at East Harling. Melanie Jackson, office administrator, said its team of eight hoped to raise at least £800 for the charity.

To sign up to the event people will need to pay £25 and are asked to register online.

Those taking part are required to raise a minimum of £100.

People over 18 can sign up from today at www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk/sleep-out

If you are taking part, call Luke Powell on 01603 772 684 and we will publicise your efforts.

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