Forest legend supports homelessness charity sleep-out

Forest legend John McGovern is helping to show homelessness the red card – by backing a popular annual charity sleep out.

John, who captained Nottingham Forest to two European Cup wins, is supporting Framework’s Big Sleep Out, which will take place on the evening of Saturday, November 18 at the Forest Sports Zone in Gregory Boulevard.

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The event, sponsored by Nottingham Building Society and hosted by Nottingham Forest Community Trust and, will bring around 300 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds together to raise money to fight homelessness in Nottingham and beyond.

Money raised at this fun and family-friendly event will go to supporting the work of Framework’s Street Outreach team, which finds people sleeping rough, supports them into accommodation, and offers them on-going support to help them live independently.

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Dr. Peter Barrett, Chairman of Framework’s Board, said: “Homelessness a serious and growing issue in communities across the country. In Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, despite the very best efforts of organisations like Framework, we are also seeing more and more people sleeping rough on our streets. We know this is a matter of huge concern for members of the public and we expect a lot of interest in this event. The Big Sleep Out is a family friendly event and is open to participants of all ages.

“It is not meant to reflect the grim realities of street homelessness, but to offer some kind of insight in a safe and secure environment. It is a fun event held in aid of a very serious cause. I am delighted that the Nottingham Forest Community Trust are supporting it in this way. I am grateful to our superb sponsors and to John for lending his support to the event.”

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Rachel Whysall, Relationships Manager at Nottingham Forest Community Trust, added: “Nottingham Forest Community Trust are delighted to have been given the opportunity to support The Big Sleep Out, we hope with the power of football and Nottingham Forest we can help raise awareness of such a fantastic cause”

Sue Owen-Bailey, Assistant Communications Manager at The Nottingham, said: “‘We are delighted that the Big Sleep Out is back. This event is vital to raise much-needed funds but also awareness of the cause that is homelessness. This is the sixth year we have supported the event with fundraising and our team are very excited about being involved again.”

To book your place at Framework’s Big Sleep Out visit www.frameworkha.org/bigsleepout.

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For more information please contact Abigail Mayfield on 0115 970 9558 or abigail.mayfield@frameworkha.org.

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