Bed push through towns raises cash

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Hundreds of people came out to support a bed push in aid of an Erewash homeless charity, and helped to raise vital funds on Saturday.

Volunteers from the The Canaan Trust, based in Long Eaton, pushed a bed from Ilkeston to Long Eaton on Saturday to raise money and awareness about the increasing problem of homelessness in the area.

NILA 28-07-12 BE 3 Canaan trust charity bed push from Ilkeston market place. Kevin Curtis manager and mascot.

NILA 28-07-12 BE 3 Canaan trust charity bed push from Ilkeston market place. Kevin Curtis manager and mascot.

The trust’s manager, Kevin Curtis, said: “We did the push because we just want people to know that homelessness is not just a city problem but it is going on right here on our doorstep.

“We want to help these homeless people get back into society and to lead independent lives.”

Volunteers from the charity were out in force and helped to educate the public by handing out leaflets about the organisation’s great work.

They also carried donation buckets, which were generously filled by the public.

Money that was raised is still being counted but all of the cash will go towards the £125,000 needed to keep the Canaan Trust running each year.

The team were accompanied by two vans courtesy of KAM Servicing which escorted the bed along the route.

Kevin added: “We have been very grateful for the support, especially from KAM Servicing. “They have done a lot to help us and providing the vans was very generous.”