Mayor of Erewash and council leader to sleep rough for charity

Erewash Borough Council Mayor, Coun. Kewal Singh Athwal, left, and Council Leader, Coun. Chris Corbett, right, lend their support to the up-coming annual sleep out in aid of the homeless, organised by the Canaan Trust, also pictured is Trust manager, Kevin Curtis.
Erewash Borough Council Mayor, Coun. Kewal Singh Athwal, left, and Council Leader, Coun. Chris Corbett, right, lend their support to the up-coming annual sleep out in aid of the homeless, organised by the Canaan Trust, also pictured is Trust manager, Kevin Curtis.

The Mayor or Erewash and leader of Erewash Borough Council will sleep rough for a night to raise awareness of homelessness.

Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal and Councillor Chris Corbett will be taking part in the Erewash Big Sleep Out on March 27.

Long Eaton-based charity, the Canaan Trust, says it will be the most important to date as it is their 20th year helping the homeless from across Erewash.

Last year more than 100 people signed up and joined the Sleep Out, raising over £6,000 through sponsorship to help the trust finance its work.

Cllr Athwal said: “This is a great charity and I have supported them for a while.”

With the event in its fourth year the trust is inviting everyone to consider joining this year’s event which will take place on Long Eaton Market Place commencing at 8pm on Friday March 27 and ending at 7am the following morning.

A spokesman for the trust said: “The Sleep Out is the trust’s most public annual event seeking to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness within our communities.

“Homelessness is not a lifestyle choice. It can, and does, happen to anyone – job loss, relationship breakdown, physical or mental health problems can lead to an individual losing their accommodation and rapidly becoming isolated and socially excluded.

“The trust is reliant on charitable donations. The support of individuals, groups, schools, churches and local companies is what makes it possible to provide the help and support it does. By sleeping rough for one night participants will be supporting the continued care and temporary housing for our local homeless.”