Sleeping rough to help homeless

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TWO Hucknall mums took time out to sleep rough and help the homeless as part of a charity’s annual ‘Big Sleep’ event.

Sue Dent and Tracey West joined more than 300 volunteers to call cardboard boxes home for the night outside Nottingham’s city centre’s Capital FM Arena.

Homelessness charity Framework organised the camp to raise awareness of its work and to raise funds.

Armed with just a cardboard box, warm clothes and a sleeping bag, Sue, a 48-year-old mum-of-three from Betts Avenue, explained: “We came down to raise awareness of homelessness and to stop people from losing their homes.

“So many of us rush around in this world without thinking of others, so doing something like this really gives you time to reflect on things.

“Times are hard and more people are at risk of homelessness. This is a great way for us to show our support to them.”

Sue and Tracey, a 49-year-old mum of one from Willow Avenue, managed to collect £800 for Framework.

“Homelessness really can happen to anybody,” said Tracey. “People think it is all about drug takers and alcoholics, but I know that is not the case.

“This event is a really great way for us to show that we care.

It was so nice to see so many people take part, especially young children. Everyone was supporting people who are less fortunate than themselves.”

Framework chief executive Andrew Redfern said: “This event has been going in one form or another for the last 20 years — but we have never had a response quite like this year.

“It was overwhelming to see so many people of all different ages and backgrounds who should all be proud of their efforts.”