Hand Warmers for YMCA’s `The Big Sleep Easy’
The YMCA have just completed their third Big Sleep Easy fund raising event, and we were pleased to get involved again this year. The annual event raises money and awareness for both the local and nationwide issues of homelessness. The challenge is to sleep outside for the night, kipping down in a self-made shelter of cardboard boxes. Would you sleep rough, so others don’t have to?
Last November, directors Morgan and Corin Leadbitter joined several local businesses in braving the winter elements at Chapel Gate, Bournemouth. On what turned out to be one of the coldest nights of the year, we were happy to further sponsor the night by supplying hand warmers – which was repeated this year. The full colour hand warmers, printed with the campaign graphics, hopefully provided some relief to cold hands on the night, as well as a memento of the event.
This year, approx. 45 business people, including two Christchurch Councillors, gave up their beds in exchange for a cardboard box on Saturday night 17th October. In these difficult times, YMCA Bournemouth are amazed to have raised £12, 528.37.
The boxes used for shelters were sponsored by Lester Aldridge Solicitors and were stored by Store and Secure, Castlepoint. Matthew Barrow, Managing Partner at Lester Aldrige was taking part with his team for the 3rd year, said ‘The YMCA’S projects are effective and vital in the community, more so this year than ever. The YMCA BIG Sleep will help them to reach more people in need and highlight the great work being done’
Thermopacks ongoing association with the event has been largely due to the fantastic (and persistent) work that YMCA Events ManagerSheena Dayman puts in each year. Many of the local business community know her as ‘The Joy Lady’. The photo shows Sheena in her `house of joy’ – a reminder that the best way we can help our residents is to bring them JOY.
Sheena said, “I just want to thank everyone for the great effort they have made in these difficult times. You are helping to make a difference in people’s lives.”