Teessiders raise £7,000 in their sleep21 Monday, 2016
More than 50 Teessiders proved they had warm hearts to go with their cold feet as they braved the freezing temperatures by sleeping out to raise funds to fight local homelessness and poverty. They helped charity Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation raise nearly £7,000 at the eighth Big Tees Sleepout. Held on the pavement outside Middlesbrough College, the events have now raised more than £94,000 milestone over the past four years.
All of the funds raised will go towards supporting local food banks, homelessness charities and amazing Christmas appeals by the Salvation Army. Foundation chairman Andy Preston said: “I think we’d all agree that homelessness and poverty should not exist on Teesside in the 21st Century, but sadly both are very real and affecting increasing numbers of local people. “We won’t change the world through the Big Tees Sleepout but we are helping to raise some money and raise the profile of an important issue. “Those who took part deserve massive plaudits for giving up their warm beds for a truly freezing cold night on the streets.”
Those taking part included several members of staff from the Foundation’s patrons RMB Auto, as well as employees of the local branch of Biffa and Hartlepool firm Heir Hunters. Biggest fundraiser was Carly Welch, who raised around £640 in sponsorship. Singers from Streetwise Opera, who include a number of people touched by homelessness, also performed at the event.
Will you take part in the next Big Tees Sleepout in April 2017? Contact Mandy Shields on [email protected] or call 01642 686018.
If you are part of a homeless charity or run a project that you feel could be helped by the funds raised please apply for a grant via www.teessidecharity.org.uk