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31st May 2016
Employees from Darlington Building Society have helped raise awareness for homelessness across Teesside.
The Society is celebrating its 160th birthday this year and will be supporting 160 different organisations and causes during the course of the year, the Sleep Out being one of them.
A group of Darlington Building Society’s employees took part in a Sleep Out that was arranged by Redcar-based Coatham House, raising money for some of its projects that run throughout the area.
Karen Watson, Nicky Donaghue, Mel Winton, Jess McSorley, and Louise Thorpe, who took part in the Sleep Out, raised £458 in total from sponsorships from local members, this amount contributed to the overall total of approximately £8,000 raised on the night.
The Coatham House projects provide supported accommodation for homeless people between the ages of 16-25 across Redcar & Cleveland.
The Sleep Out gave volunteers an insight into what it is like to be homeless, as they had only a sleeping bag, some blankets and a cardboard box to keep them warm during a cold January night.
Nicky Donaghue, Redcar Branch Manager for Darlington Building Society, said: “We are delighted to have been able to get involved with the Sleep Out. Coatham House runs some fantastic projects for young homeless people across Teesside and raising awareness of these is so important.
“Sleeping outside on a cold January night was not a pleasant experience, it is hard to imagine that so many young people across the Tees Valley have to go through that every night.
“Everyone at Darlington Building Society loves to get behind and support local causes, I must thank the wonderful staff and members at the Redcar branch who got involved and helped us raise so much money for the Sleep Out.”
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