Countdown on to Big sleep out for good causes - The Worcester Observer

Countdown on to Big sleep out for good causes

Worcester Editorial 22nd Sep, 2022   0

A NIGHT under the stars to raise cash for a good cause will be on offer again next month as the Big Worcester Sleep Out returns for 2022.

Now in its fourth year, and once again organised by Maggs Day Centre, St Paul’s Hostel and The Warriors Foundation with local politicians, business leaders, individuals and more in attendance, sleeping out overnight at Sixways stadium.

For this year’s event on October 14, organisers hope to attract 100 fund-raisers sleeping out on the night to raise £25,000 in donations, which will be distributed between the three charities.

For 2022 the event is sponsored by Hewett Recruitment, specialist recruiters in IT, Engineering, Industrial, Finance, Commercial and Executive Search across the Three Counties and West Midlands.

“Sponsoring The Big Worcester Sleep Out sits perfectly with Hewett Recruitment’s commitment to St Paul’s Hostel as its charity of the year,” said Ben Mannion, director of Hewett Recruitment.

“Alongside the other volunteering and fund-raising activities we are undertaking, it is a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds in support of 3 fantastic local charities that provide such vital services to the local community.”

The on-going collaborative approach of the three charities to raising awareness and funds was welcomed by Mel Kirk, chief executive of Maggs, and Jonathan Sutton, CEO of St Paul’s.

“It is getting harder and harder to challenge perceptions and fund-raise. A lot of our fund raising comes through grant-making trusts and we are having to compete with more and more organisations, so to be able to run The Big Sleep Out as a collaborative event is fabulous,” Kirk said.

“By bringing our charities together to educate and drive change, we can create a much bigger impact. We can reach a much bigger audience and build more awareness. Our previous sleep-outs have hugely successful in engaging the local community and businesses to change perceptions, and we hope this year’s will continue that theme” Sutton said.

Carol Hart, CEO of the Warriors Foundation said: “We are delighted to be running The Big Worcester Sleep Out once again and want to encourage everyone from across the local community to sign up and get involved.”

The event is free to register for all individuals and teams, with free catering kindly provided by AC Events, and The Rapid Relief Team.

Doors will open from 6.30pm.

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