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Hope Centre aiming for £50000 from Sleep Out

The Hope Centre is hoping to have raised over £50,000 from this year’s Sleep Out at Sixfields Stadium.

The organisation released the following statement about the event:

Staff from University of Northampton and Silverstone UTC

More than 165 people gathered at Sixfields Stadium on Friday (26th) night to take part in this year’s Big SleepOut.

The biggest fundraiser in the Hope Centre’s calendar aims to help people understand the realities of homelessness as well as raising thousands of pounds for the charity, which supports homeless and disadvantaged people.

All the funds from the event are yet to be collected and counted but the centre is hoping that this year’s participants will have raised around £50k.

Hope Centre CEO, Robin Burgess, said “The Big SleepOut night felt much colder than the temperature suggested so we are extremely grateful to everyone who stayed with us for the night and braved the cold and damp.

Street of shelters

“We really hope that, although we pushed a lot of people to their comfort levels, it really made them appreciate what it is like to be homeless – it certainly did from what people told us after the event.

“If you know someone who took part in event but haven’t sponsored them yet, please do. They really did earn it.

“We hope that everyone found it a rewarding experience and will join us again next year for the event.”

Hope would like to thank all those who helped make the event the success it was, including Northampton Town Football Club, the rapid response catering team, and Reachout first aid.

Sharon Smith and Deb

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