Volunteers ‘sleep rough’ for charity

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More than 70 people joined Erewash MP Jessica Lee and Mayor of Erewash, Cllr Jennifer Hulls, to sleep on the streets to raise cash for a homeless charity.

The annual fundraiser, organised by Long Eaton-based charity, The Canaan Trust, saw volunteers spend the night in the town’s market place on Friday last week.

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Canaan Trust manager, Kevin Curtis, was pleased to see so many people turn out to support the cause.

He said: “We want people to know that homelessness exists and it could happen to anyone at anytime. At the Canaan Trust we want to help our local homeless and we can only do that if people donate.”

The charity works with people living on the streets across Erewash and needs £125,000 a year to keep its doors open.

There was also great support from the Long Eaton business community, which donated very generously. Sponsors of the event, local garage KAM Servicing, presented manager Mr Curtis with a cheque for £500 after collecting cash from customers at all of their depots.

Mr Curtis said: “A big thanks to KAM Servicing for their generous donation. They have been instrumental in helping us with the event, supplying us with vans and banners.

“All of the money raised will go a long way to helping us rebuild lives.”

Erewash MP Ms Lee joined volunteers. She said: “The great thing about the Canaan Trust is that they are not just a roof over homeless people’s heads, there is a real emphasis on turning lives around.

“The event was great, we had a bigger turn out than last year and we were all very thankful it didn’t rain or snow.”

For information visit www.canaan-trust.co.uk.