A team of Purpose Media colleagues are set to brave the elements while sleeping rough later this week to raise money and awareness for a charity which helps the homeless.
Sam Wheatcroft, Hayley Manchester and Katrina Starkie will be spending a night under the stars in a cardboard box this Friday, as they take part in YMCA Derbyshire’s Sleep Easy 2018 challenge.
All the money raised will go directly to the charity’s Safe Front Door campaign, which enables YMCA Derbyshire to continue to provide safe accommodation, opportunities for young people to engage in positive activities, work experience and volunteer opportunities and to gain business mentors.
Sleep Easy is an annual event and takes place at Derbyshire County Cricket Club on 9 March.
Last year’s event saw 115 volunteers take part, enabling the charity to provide 151 beds each night, accommodate 317 people and continue to support residents and young people in need of its services to rebuild their lives and help eliminate youth homelessness.
The trio has set a fundraising target of £300 for the event and are urging people to donate online here. Katrina celebrates her birthday this weekend and has urged her family and friends to donate the money they would have spent on presents to the charity instead.
Sam said: “We’re a socially-responsible company and proud of our Derbyshire roots so we believe strongly in giving something back to our community, which is why we are doing this challenge.
“YMCA Derbyshire does such vital work with vulnerable young adults in the city and across the county and is a cause that is close to all our hearts here at Purpose Media.
“One night’s cold and discomfort is nothing compared to the things that some of the people the charity works with have to face, so braving the elements is a small price to pay for helping to raise money and awareness of the charity and the fantastic work it does.”