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Volunteers for Lincolnshire YMCA and the Nomad Trust sleep rough for charity

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: March 16, 2014

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Volunteers for Lincolnshire YMCA and the Nomad Trust have raised more than £8,700 towards a new night shelter for the homeless.

The YMCA took part in a national Sleep Easy event, and more than 100 people took shelter under cardboard boxes in the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral as part of the fundraiser.

People collected sponsorship for the 12-hour event.

The night was particularly special for Jackie Hunt who celebrated her 76th birthday participating alongside her daughter and granddaughter.

The Lincolnshire YMCA and The Nomad Trust are working in partnership after a recent merger of the two charities. They are involved in a number of projectsoffering advice, welfare support and accommodation for the homeless. Almost tripling last year’s £3,000, this year’s money will provide short-term accommodation for rough-sleepers.

Matthew Stanton, a labourer at Meddo construction, which sponsors Sleep Easy every year, said: “The experience was such an eye-opener.

“It just goes to show that we take for granted our comforts at home and often don’t stop to think how not having these can affect us both physically and mentally.”

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