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Norwich Sleep Out raises over £30,000

On Friday 17th November a record breaking 125 people braved freezing conditions as they took part in the largest annual Norwich Sleep Out in the car park at Prospect House on Rouen Road, raising over £30,000 in the process.

Chris Elliott, Marketing and Fundraising Manager, said : “We are humbled by the number of people who gave up their Friday night to brave freezing conditions and join us at this year’s Norwich Sleep Out. We are also absolutely delighted at the amount that has already been raised and we would like to thank everyone not only for taking part but for all your hard work in getting friends and family to sponsor you.  
This money will help the vulnerable young adults living with us in practical ways such as providing some essential food items when they arrive with us; helping fund training courses and then buying items like toasters, kettles and crockery when the young people move into their own place.”  
The event is part of a national Sleep Out initiative for the End Youth Homelessness campaign. There are 14 Sleep Out events taking place across the UK and the expectation is that over 2000 people will take part and collectively raise over a million pounds. The Sleep Outs aim to give those participating a taste of what it feels like to be homeless, as well as raising much-needed funds to tackle homelessness. All funds raised at the Norwich Sleep Out will go towards the work The Benjamin Foundation does in Norfolk and Suffolk.  
Chris Elliott explained : “The event is a great way to build awareness of the issue of homelessness in our region, whilst raising much-needed funds, which are used to deliver the work we do to tackle youth homelessness in Norfolk and Suffolk. In today’s climate of funding cuts and political uncertainty, fundraising has become more important than ever if we are to continue the work we do in this region.”  
As regional partner for the End Youth Homelessness campaign, The Benjamin Foundation is committed to helping support the 83,000 young people who find themselves homeless in the UK every year [source :]. Homelessness is one of the key areas the charity tackles and, at any one time, they provide a home and support for over 100 young people in Norfolk and Suffolk. 
Whilst it is not meant to be a comparison to the life a homeless person leads, or replicate the hardship faced by those who are homeless, the Sleep Out is an important event for The Benjamin Foundation, as it is an opportunity to bring to life the challenges of sleeping outside and highlight the issue of homelessness for the region.  
Our sincere thanks to all those who participated and those who supported Sleep Out, including Archant for providing the venue to make this year’s event possible. Of course, thanks must also go to the incredible volunteers, as well as to Jamie Archer of Archers Butchers, who kindly supplied a welcome hot snack during the night and to Paul Macro, the wonderful photographer, who captured the event on camera for us.” 

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