Guides’ cash for homeless

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HOMELESS people across the region will be helped thanks to a huge cheque presented to Framework by GIRLGUIDING NOTTINGHAMSHIRE.

A whopping £20,029.75 was raised by the group, which included Guides from Hucknall, after they took part in the Big Sleep Out event for the charity to raise awareness of the issues surrounding homelessness.

“I’m so proud of everyone who has taken part in this project and awestruck by the depth of understanding and compassion which the girls have shown,” said County Commissioner Kate Royse when she presented the cheque to Framework’s operations director Michael Leng, as our photo shows.

“It’s an amazing total which has exceeded all our initial expectations and just goes to demonstrate what girls and young women across Nottinghamshire can achieve when working together!”

Over 800 Brownies, Guides, Rangers and Leaders were sponsored to sleep out in Nottingham’s Wollaton Park as a way of experiencing for themselves what it would be like to be homeless.

Girls from 4th Hucknall Guides also took part in the event and as part of a project developed in conjunction with Framework, the Guides walked around Hucknall to see where homeless people might have to spend the night and then discussed the implications of this.

All the girls’ sponsorship money has been donated to Framework to support their work with the homeless in Nottingham.

“This has been by far the largest single fundraising event that any organisation has ever undertaken on our behalf,” said Michael Leng. “I was utterly amazed by the level of support we received and would like to thank each and every participant for taking part.

“They exemplified the very best qualities in our young people and should feel very proud of themselves.”