Jenny Cooper, Regional Director, Midlands East, Personal Banking at NatWest took part in The Big Sleep challenge and summed up her experience…
“On the 21st March, my NatWest Midlands East Leadership team and I spent the night sleeping out at The University of Leicester as part of the ‘Big Sleep’ with nothing but a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard (and the odd pillow) to raise awareness and funds for ‘The Bridge’ Homelessness Charity. We first became aware of all the great things the Bridge does to support local homeless people via a former colleague, Dave Fawcett, the Executive Operations Manager, at the Bridge, who was able to show us around their premises and tell us about the issues faced by the homeless and all the things the team does to help, with extremely limited resources and finance. We knew straight away that this was something we wanted to get involved in to support Dave and his team and more importantly those people who find themselves sleeping on the streets.
“Despite it being a relatively mild and dry night, we found it tough, with very little sleep, feeling cold and aching all over from sleeping in the hard floor! It made it even more important to us to raise the profile and raise much needed funds to support the great work Dave’s team are doing.
“At NatWest we look to give back to our communities as much as possible, getting involved in various projects throughout the year and this is one really hit home having experienced the reality, even if only for a few hours! At the time of writing, we have raised a total of £1700 with the bank matching, so we currently sit at £3400!
“I just want to say a massive thank you to Dave and everyone involved with the organising of ‘The Big Sleep 2019’ for giving us this thought provoking experience.”