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Charity event to raise vital funds for local homeless charity

Charity event to raise vital funds for local homeless charity

Last Friday night, a team of three staff from Interweave Healthcare braved the elements to participate in a local charity fundraiser. Hosted by the Halifax-based local homeless charity, Happy Days UK, the annual Big Sleepout event sheds light on the issue of homelessness while generating vital sponsorship funds to support those in need.

Gathering at the historic Dean Clough mill, a group of 43 fundraisers from the local community came together for one night to experience the harsh reality of sleeping rough. Among them, the Interweave Healthcare team raised an impressive £2,500, contributing to the collective fundraising effort which totals £10,000 so far. Should this event reach its £20,000 target, it will allow the charity to continue running their services, such as the Winter Shelter, the community supermarket and the free café, and ideally to extend support beyond the typical seasonal closure in March.

Fundraising charity event Big Sleepout 2024

As well as sleeping out in solidarity and donating hypothermia prevention blankets to the charity, Interweave staff donated warm hats and THERMARMOUR Emergency Blankets to all participants, to help protect from the cold temperatures overnight. The unforgiving 2 degrees, continuous traffic noise, hard stony ground and freezing cold wind equalled a sleepless night for many participants. Demonstrating the harsh realities faced by the homeless community in our region of Calderdale, West Yorkshire. For some fundraisers, this wasn’t their first time participating in the Big Sleepout charity event. Their dedication highlights the urgent need for collective action to address homelessness and its underlying causes.

Fundraising charity event Big Sleepout 2024

Donating to the cause

The team at HappyDays UK express their gratitude for the ongoing support of the community and encourage further donations to sustain their local homeless charity essential work. With limited funding from the local government, the charity relies on the generosity of individuals and businesses like Interweave Healthcare to make a meaningful impact in the lives of those experiencing homelessness.

For enquiries or to make a donation, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/happydaysbigsleepout

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