Hundreds who volunteered for Nottingham’s Big Sleep Out have helped raise over £30,000 for the homelessness.
Around 250 people gave up their homes and central heating for the night to raise money to tackle homelessness in Nottingham, despite temperatures plummeting to below zero degrees for the first time this year.
Volunteers came prepared with their layers of clothes and cardboard boxes for Nottingham’s Big Sleep out. This year marks the 23rd annual event organised by the charity Framework, which ran from 8pm until 7am the next day.
The event which was held in Sneinton Market entertained the brave volunteers by giving the cold night a Robin Hood theme, offering a medieval vibe of shooting arrows and Nottingham’s official Robin Hood performing a play for the volunteers.
Robin Hood performing a play for the volunteers.
Nottingham’s official Robin Hood, Tim Pollard took part and helped volunteers keep their spirits high.
“It’s only going to get colder, and there are so many amazing people here raising money for such a good cause, and making some pretty fantastic homes out of cardboard”
Tim pollard, robin hood.
“They’re raising money for people who don’t have the choice, people who have to do this, and I think that’s something we have to remember”.
As well as Robin Hood, the event was also joined by some other local celebrities such as Nottingham born singer, Josh Kemp.
The singer who took part, kept everyone entertained by performing songs throughout the night, keeping the lively atmosphere on top.
Having previously worked with Framework before, Kemp said: “We should take notice, especially it being so close to Christmas”.
Josh Kemp performing at The Big Sleep Out.
Framework beat their target of raising £32,000 that night, highest they’ve ever made in the 23 years of holding The Big Sleep Out.
Bobby Taylor, of Nottingham, took part in the event for the first time.
The 15 year old said: “You get a real experience of how it is for homeless people and what they have to go through just to get a comfortable night’s sleep”.
Each participant were asked to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship, which was put towards Framework’s work, with money which will go towards continuing helping people into accommodation and prevent homelessness.