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5 November 2021

Over £2,800 raised for Sleep Out event

25 people slept under the stars at Portman Road last night to raise money to support local young people at a Sleep Out event organised by a local charity.

The Benjamin Foundation, which works to prevent youth homelessness in Norfolk and Suffolk held their annual Ipswich Sleep Out at the Club. The event challenged people to spend one night sleeping outside so young people don’t have to.

An estimated 121,000 young people facing homelessness in the UK last year. The Benjamin Foundation provides a safe home and support to over 100 local vulnerable 18-25 year olds in Norfolk and Suffolk each night. The charity supports them into successful, independent living by helping them to learn essential life skills, such as cooking and budgeting, as well as supporting their education and career aspirations, while building their resilience and self-esteem. This vital work gives local vulnerable young people stability, new opportunities and prevents the local street homelessness problem from growing.

Sleep Out does not aim to replicate homelessness and what it is like to be lonely, frightened and vulnerable, but it does give participants a small glimpse of some of the challenges homeless people may face, while also being an important fundraising event for The Benjamin Foundation.

Suffolk based WS Training Limited had a team of eleven taking part in Ipswich Sleep Out.

Catherine Garnham, one of the WS Training Ltd team said: “We work with 16-24 year olds, many of whom are vulnerable so this is an issue close to our hearts.

"It’s something we always try to understand but we haven’t experienced homelessness ourselves. It’s great to raise money for an amazing charity to help local vulnerable young people. We’ve raised over £2,800 so far. We are very proud.”

The Benjamin Foundation is passionate about being able to give more local young people the right help at the right time, especially with challenges caused by the pandemic.

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