Helping the homeless
Erewash Borough Council Leader Councillor Chris Corbett has again signed up for the overnight charity ‘Sleep Out’ in Long Eaton to support the drive to raise awareness of the needs of the homeless in the community.
The Sleep Out has become a popular annual event to support the Long Eaton-based Canaan Trust – an independent charity which supports those who find themselves homeless.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, will also support the event by formally ‘launching’ the event at 8pm on Friday 1 April alongside the war memorial in Long Eaton Market Place and offering her encouragement to those taking part during the first few hours.
The fundraising event is organised by the charity, which is calling on local residents, sports clubs and other organisation to also join in and help raise as much money as possible.
Those taking part will ‘bed down’ in the area around the war memorial until 7am the next morning.
Councillor Chris Corbett, the Leader of Erewash Borough Council, has taken part in every overnight sleep out since the event was started several years ago:
“I willingly give my support to this event and to The Canaan Trust, which works hard all year round to help the disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community. Sleeping rough for one night is a small price to pay to raise funds to support those less fortunate than ourselves and to raise awareness of their plight.
“As a council we work alongside and recognise the importance of organisations such as The Canaan Trust.”
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, has also given her backing to the charity and its annual fundraising event:
“The Canaan Trust offers vital support every single day of the year to those people who find themselves homeless and the Sleep Out is one of its important fundraising events. I salute the people of all ages who take part and would encourage residents to sign up for this year’s event to help raise even more money.”
The Canaan Trust, which is based on Main Street in Long Eaton, is a charity that has been working to help homeless people in the borough for more than 20 years.