Brand and Boris sign up for home­less char­ity night

Event in aid of Trin­ity project will see hun­dreds sleep rough

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

A HUGE and unique event to raise money for a Hilling­don home­less char­ity will see very spe­cial guests Rus­sell Brand and Boris John­son show­ing their sup­port.

Uxbridge -based Trin­ity Home­less Projects house more than 250 peo­ple ev­ery year in the bor­ough and is hold­ing its eighth Big Sleep­Out on Fri­day De­cem­ber 2.

The mas­sive event will see around 500 peo­ple at­tend­ing and aims to raise more than £150,000 to sup­port the fan­tas­tic work the char­ity is do­ing.

Those tak­ing part in the event at Hilling­don Ath­let­ics Sta­dium in Gat­ting Way will spend a night sleep­ing rough with just a card­board box in freez­ing con­di­tions, all for a great cause

Op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor with Trin­ity, Emma Cantrell, said: “The Big Sleep­Out raises vi­tal funds to house peo­ple who are home­less in Hilling­don and Slough.

“We are aim­ing to raise £200,000 this year which en­sures we can con­tinue to house peo­ple who are home­less in Hilling­don and pro­vide emer­gency sup­port to peo­ple who sleep rough in Slough.

“We re­ally need lo­cal peo­ple to sign up to un­der­take this chal­lenge to sup­port the vi­tal work we do – with­out the sup­port of the whole com­mu­nity we can’t end home­less­ness.”

Home­less­ness in Hilling­don has more than dou­bled be­tween 2010 and 2015, and has in­creased across Lon­don by 127% in that time.

Trin­ity has a day cen­tre in Slough which pro­vides meals, clothes, food and ad­vice to peo­ple sleep­ing on the streets.

The Big Sleep­Out will have co­me­di­ans, and mu­si­cians per­form­ing as well as ap­pear­ances from co­me­dian and ac­tor Rus­sell Brand, and Uxbridge MP and For­eign Sec­re­tary, Boris John­son.

Par­tic­i­pants are asked to col­lect spon­sor­ship of around £250 and pay a reg­is­tra­tion fee of £10 to take part.

But Ucbridge Gazette read­ers are be­ing of­fered the chance to en­ter com­pletely free by not pay­ing a reg­is­tra­tion fee by en­ter­ing the code SLEEP­OUT UXBRIDGE when they sign up.

Ms Cantrell added: “We ex­pect over 500 peo­ple to Sleep­Out, for just one night, to see a lit­tle bit of what it’s like to sleep rough, and then re­alise as they wake up the next morn­ing that there is no place like home.

“We have en­ter­tain­ment from co­me­di­ans, mu­si­cians, and DJs and ap­pear­ance from Rus­sell Brand and Boris John­son as well as in­spir­ing sto­ries of how the work we do changes lives.”

Any­one want­ing to take part can sign up for the Big Sleep­Out by vis­it­ing www.weare­trin­ity.org.uk/ the-big-sleep­out

Photo: Mary Turner/Getty Im­ages

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