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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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100 sign up for Cumbria's Big Sleep

A milestone has been reached in a sleep-out challenge to raise cash to help those suffering in the cold this winter.

In total, 100 volunteers have so far signed up for The Big Sleep, which will see them shiver for a whole night in a Windermere field.

One of those who has pledged to take part in the event, organised by Cumbria Community Foundation, is Copeland MP Jamie Reed, who said he was “quite” looking forward to it.

“It’s a great initiative and there are few places better to do it than on the shore of Windermere,” said Mr Reed. “It’s a great challenge and I’ll be taking my one man tent and enjoying watching The Goonies.”

So far the fundraising total for the foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund stands at £62,000 through sponsorship, and it is hoped this amount will soar to £100,000.

Other hardy souls taking part are Tom Foster, executive director of waste and effluent disposal at Sellafield and his 22-year-old son Mick, a serving soldier with the Duke of Lancaster Regiment.

Mr Foster said. “The challenge will be a walk in the park for my son. I’m hoping he will use his expertise to look after me.”

Among the prominent Cumbrians signed up to take part in The Big Sleep to support the appeal so far are News & Star editor David Helliwell; Dennis Thompson, managing director of the Low Level Waste Repository near Drigg; Jonny Lowe, head of HR at Workington’s Iggesund Paperboard plant and Gary McKeating, from Nuclear Management Partners.

Andy Beeforth, chief executive of Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “This is a final call for anyone who thinks they can raise £100 in sponsorship to join me for The Big Sleep.”

To sign up for The Big Sleep, which will take place on Saturday, February 15, to donate or to find out about applying for money from the fund, visit www.cumbriafoundation.org or call 01900 825760.

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