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30th June 2020
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HIB team sleeps rough to raise over £2,000 for homelessness charity
HiB has raised £2,000 for The Starfish Project following a 'sleep out' to encourage donations. Seven members of the HiB team - Terri Reeves, Richard Berry, Frank Hanna, Jason Wallbank, Charla Hodgkins, Robert Stiff and Dave Cooley, spent a cold January night sleeping in the uncovered HiB carpark, braving the weather to raise money for the charity.
The Starfish Project, which is based locally to HiB, offers support to those suffering from addiction, coping with mental health issues, homelessness, relationship issues, learning difficulties and beyond. With four weekly drop-in centres the charity offers a vital resource to its surrounding community.
HiB, which supports numerous charitable initiatives each year, counts 'Caring for the community' as one of its core business values, with staff frequently undertaking fundraisers for local and national organisations.
Terri Reeves, employee experience assistant at HiB, and sleep out co-ordinator, says: "The Starfish Project represents an invaluable support for vulnerable members of our local community, offering a service which many people rely on. We wanted to do our part to keep their doors open, and a night sleeping out in the cold was a small price to pay in order to raise much-needed funds for this fantastic charity."
Rev Dr Stephen Jonathan, treasurer of The Starfish Project, adds: "A massive 'thank you' to the staff of HiB for raising much needed funding for the Starfish Winter Night Shelter, which supports Tamworth's rough sleepers through the three coldest winter months!"
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