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Building materials supplier Southern Sheeting raised £800 for homeless charity Crawley Open House during a Big Sleep Out on April 8.

Southern Sheeting has more than tripled its original fundraising target of £250.

Employees slept outside in the East Grinstead company yard to raise money for the charity and to raise awareness of the challenges faced by homeless people.

A total of 10 employees, including managers, drivers, salespeople, administrative and construction staff, all tried to put their heads down with nothing but cardboard for a bed.

The team only got two hours of sleep as the temperature dropped to minus and they woke up with ice on their things.

Tony Hobbs, Managing Director of Southern Sheeting, said: “As a company that supplies roofing materials, putting a roof over people’s heads is close to our hearts, as is supporting a local charity that is doing incredible work. .

“After spending the night sleeping outside, we all understand how difficult it is to get a good night’s sleep, which is essential to be able to face the challenges that life throws at you.”

“We are very pleased to once again offer our support to Crawley Open House. We have always been struck by their dedication and compassion as they help Day Center residents and clients move forward on their path to recovery and independent living.

The main Big Sleep Out event took place in Crawley on March 24, but Southern Sheeting held its own event to give delivery drivers a good night’s rest before work, enabling them to deliver essential building materials to projects across the country to its trade and domestic customers.

This builds on Southern Sheeting’s recent fundraising efforts for Crawley Open House when the team raised £6,000 by undertaking a grueling 50km trek across an SAS training ground in the Brecon Beacons in the Country of Wales.

Crawley Open House has been providing support and services to people suffering from the effects of homelessness, unemployment, loneliness, discrimination or other forms of social exclusion for 40 years.

Every night, the Crawley Open House hostel is home to 24 people. The average length of stay at the hostel is six to seven weeks during which staff work closely with residents and partner agencies to address some of the issues that have left residents homeless, such as financial and unemployment, trauma and other mental health issues. substance abuse, relationship crisis or even physical health issues.

The Big Sleep Out is an annual event to raise awareness of homelessness and raise funds to support the charity’s work for those experiencing homelessness locally.