Staff at Rugby estate agents join sleep out to help homeless

From left to right: Sam Funnell and Claire Heritage from Fine and Country donating money to Lilian Francis and Ian Gentles from Hope 4.
From left to right: Sam Funnell and Claire Heritage from Fine and Country donating money to Lilian Francis and Ian Gentles from Hope 4.

Members of staff from an estate agent in Rugby will be sleeping rough to help raise money and awareness for the homeless.

Three of the team at Fine and County estate agents on Regent Street will be joining volunteers at the Hope 4 centre, where they will sleep out in a car park on Friday evening.

The event will raise money for the Rugby-based charity that helps the town’s homeless.

Claire Heritage, Sam Funnell, the estate agent’s branch manager and Sean Newman will be taking part and will use cardboard boxes to help make some form of a shelter during their sleep out.

Claire said: “We are sleeping under the stars in the cold. I’ve never been camping and I get cold when I’m at home and I’m in my fleecy pyjamas by the radiator, so I’m not sure how it’s going to go!”

Sam said: “Fine and Country Rugby are very passionate about raising awareness for homelessness. This is such a current issue and an urgent one that needs as much attention as possible and working with Hope4 has really opened our eyes to just how many local people this effects.

“By taking part in this sleep out, we will only have a very brief snapshot as to what life is like for the homeless, however if we have helped raise the profile of this wonderful charity together with some donations then it will be worth every minute.”

Angie Marsh, a volunteer at Hope 4, said: “Night after night people go through this, we are in a group and feel safe but they don’t.

“Nobody should be on the streets.

“The sleep out is to raise money and awareness and anyone who wants to join us even if they can’t raise money can call me on 07818228696.”

To donate to the Fine and Country team’s JustGiving Page click here.