Mayor joins Sleep Out for city charity

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MORE than 20 volunteers experienced sleeping rough outside Acorn House on Friday to show support for the Surviving Winter Campaign.

Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Catriona Morris, and MP for Milton Keynes North, Mark Lancaster, both braved the falling temperatures joining staff from Domino’s Pizza, Mazars, Bluefin along with staff and trustees from the charity itself.

More than 130 have sponsored the Sleep Out so far with around £3,000 raised.

Surviving Winter 2012 is a UK-wide campaign run by Community Foundations, aimed at helping vulnerable and older people struggling with the cold this winter.

Julia Upton, chief executive of MK Community Foundation, said: “The Sleep Out brought together a great mix of people to raise funds to support our Surviving Winter Appeal.

“We all experienced a little, and I mean a little, of what it means to be cold and vulnerable. As we tried to sleep, to get comfortable, it was impossible not to think of those who will be out in the open and cold this winter.

“A huge thank you to everyone who took part and donated, we really could not have done it without you. It’s a great start to our Appeal as every penny makes a difference.”

Mr Lancaster, who was one of the first people to arrive on the night, said: “I was delighted to be sleeping out with the MK Community Foundation, I think it is an important and powerful way of highlighting the plight of the elderly and vulnerable in the City during the cold winter months.

“I hope that by sleeping out it will raise awareness and much needed funds for the Surviving Winter Campaign which will support people in need.”

To show your support for the campaign visit the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/miltonkeynescommunityfoundation/Donate