The Cambridge Building Society ‘sleep out’ in aid of Wintercomfort

27 April 2018 • Community

A team from The Cambridge Building Society took part in a sleep out last night, in aid of Wintercomfort for the homeless.

The idea behind the event was to give volunteers an insight into the challenges faced by those sleeping rough and to raise awareness and much needed funds for those who may experience this as part of everyday life.

Wintercomfort offer vital welfare services and opportunities for learning - they run a number of social enterprises, offering work experience, employment, training and volunteering opportunities for those that are homeless or vulnerably housed. Raising funds will mean that help can be given to support these individuals to rebuild their lives.

This year The Cambridge’s Community Partnership Programme was adapted to have a greater focus on why The Cambridge was originally set up in 1850; to help provide homes for people. Therefore Wintercomfort were the perfect synergy to start a year of fundraising.

On the night of the sleep out The Cambridge staff had managed to raise £1,360 but they’re still accepting donations and hope that the final amount raised will be even higher.

Chief Executive and Director Stephen Mitcham took part in the sleep out and said; “In some small way I wanted to help in reducing the number of people we see in Cambridge having to sleep out across our City. Wintercomfort are working hard to help people find a safe and secure home, something that many of us take for granted.”

Tracy Simpson, Head of Lending, also took part in the sleep out and adds; “I work within the Mortgage Team making homeownership a reality for so many, however no one can fail to notice the increasing number of rough sleepers. People find themselves without a home for various reasons and trying to help raise awareness and funding for the valuable work homelessness charities are doing such as Wintercomfort is so vitally important”.