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A Record Breaking Year For Norwich Sleep Out - How Funds Are Making a Difference

We are pleased to announce that our Norwich Sleep Out event, which took place last November, has raised a record £39,000 which is the most in the event’s history. The Sleep Out took place in the car park at Archant’s Rouen Road offices with 120 of our supporters spending a night sleeping rough and raising money through sponsorship. 

Part of our work is to provide a home and support to over 100 vulnerable young adults in Norfolk and Suffolk to prevent them becoming homeless. Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Chris Elliott explains that some of the money raised from Sleep Out is already having a direct impact on the young people they support.

“We have ring-fenced an initial £18,000 of the Sleep Out money to be accessed by the young people in our accommodation.  Our staff at these services help the young people living with us focus on their aspirations and help them on their path to a stable and independent future.”

“Through discussion with our support workers, each young person can decide how best the money can help them and they can have access to £150 each.  For instance, if they’re ready to move into their own home then buying some essential household items may be the priority.  For others it could fund a training course or items that support their education.  Support such as this provides young people with the building blocks they need for independence and helps prevent them becoming homeless.”

Chris continues. “We would like to thank everybody who supported last November’s Sleep Out events including the participants, volunteers who helped run the event, our hosts Archant and Archers’s Butchers who provided some food.  They’ve all had a direct impact on improving the future of vulnerable local young adults.”

We are already working on Norwich Sleep Out 2018 and details will be announced in the next few weeks. If you would like to take part and do your bit to prevent youth homelessness, please contact events@benjaminfoundation.co.uk or telephone us on 01603 886932.

 

 


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