Long night in Long Eaton
"To be offered the chance to help raise awareness of all the good work the Canaan Trust do in the local community was something we could not miss."
Laura Morgan, Head of Housing & Neighbourhoods at emh homes
Over a dozen members of staff from social landlord emh homes took part in the Long Eaton Sleep Out on Friday 6 April to raise awareness of homelessness and to highlight the importance of affordable housing for those in housing need.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, and Erewash MP Maggie Throup launched the overnight event beside the war memorial in Market Place at 8pm. Around 100 people from various organisations with connections to the area bedded down for the night until 7am, trying to raise as much money as possible for charity.
The Sleep Out has become a popular annual event organised by the Long Eaton-based Canaan Trust, an independent charity which has been providing supported accommodation for homeless men in Long Eaton since 1995.
Last year the emh homes team raised over £1000, and is hoping to do even better this year.
Laura Morgan, Head of Housing & Neighbourhoods at emh homes and responsible for encouraging her colleagues to take part, said: “Even though we had dry weather, we all found sleeping out for just the one night to be cold, noisy and unpleasant. It is hard to imagine what it must be like to do this night after night, and it makes you realise how tough it is.
“We work closely with the Canaan Trust in housing homeless people in the area, and to be offered the chance to help raise awareness of all the good they do for the local community was something we could not miss.”