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Rough sleeper tells of what life was like on the streets of Preston

Posted on - 28th October, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Business, Charities, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Out on the city streets helping those in need Pic: Tom Stables/Foxton Centre
Out on the city streets helping those in need Pic: Tom Stables/Foxton Centre

As the countdown continues to the Big PNE Sleep Out the team behind the event paid a visit to BBC Radio Lancashire’s studios.

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John Gillmore and Nishma Hindocha welcomed representatives from The Foxton Centre, Preston North End’s Community Trust, Biffa and Blog Preston to their show on Friday October 25.

They were joined by Rob*, who had been helped by The Foxton’s Housing First Scheme.

The Sleep Out, on Friday November 15 at Deepdale Stadium, is aiming to raise £50,000 to help purchase a property in the city for the scheme which aims to ensure rough sleepers have a roof over their head.

The Big PNE Sleep Out team with Nishma and Gilly at the BBC Radio Lancashire studios
The Big PNE Sleep Out team with Nishma and Gilly at the BBC Radio Lancashire studios

Rob told Gilly and Nishma about what life had been like for him on the streets of the city.

From sleeping in doorways to eventually getting a place for the last year in the Housing First project and how that helped him turn his life around.

You can listen to the team on the radio on the BBC Sounds site, skip to 2hours8minutes and there’s three different segments in total.

Read more: Watch as PNE manager Alex Neil backs the Sleep Out

How you can take part in the Sleep Out or donate

The sleep out is available for individuals, small businesses and large companies to take part in.

As an individual – minimum target of £100 sponsorship

Businesses with one to five employees – minimum target of £250 sponsorship

Businesses with six to 25 employees – minimum target of £500 sponsorship

Businesses with 26 or more employees – minimum target of £1,000 sponsorship

Those taking part are then encouraged to raise additional sponsorship for undertaking the sleepout.

To register your interest in taking part then please visit the Big PNE Sleepout page on the Foxton Centre website. You must register by Friday November 1.

If you don’t fancy sleeping out at Deepdale but want to support the event you can make a donation at The Big PNE Sleep Out appeal page.

And Kate and Ed from Blog Preston will be doing the Sleep Out, you can donate to support them here. We really appreciate your backing!

Read more about some of the great people doing the Sleep Out

The Military veterans doing the Sleep Out, the man who has already tripled his fundraising target, the PNE online forum members bedding down and the businesses from Preston taking part.

*Rob, real name changed to protect identity

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