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Premier Team completes City YMCA’s SleepEasy Challenge

26 March 2014

On Thursday 27 February a team of six Premier Moves volunteers took part in City YMCA’s SleepEasy Challenge. The Premier volunteers were Dave Russinger, Phil Oram, Michelle Searle, Chris Dumoulin, Liam Russinger and Ann Beavis, all of whom spent the night sleeping rough at Old Spitalfields Market in aid of the Charity.

The annual SleepEasy event raises awareness and support for homeless young people in the Capital and over 50 people took part.

Following an office furniture donation to City YMCA through Premier’s sustainable furniture initiative, The Giving Back Project, Premier was invited to be an official event sponsor.  Premier supplied company branded cardboard boxes to every participant. Other than sleeping bags and warm clothing, these boxes provided the shelter from the elements.

The team are delighted to have taken part in SleepEasy and by giving up their beds for one night have raised over £3,500.00 for City YMCA to enable them to continue with the important work they do.

Phil Oram speaks for the group: “We work with many charities through The Giving Back Project and are always looking for ways to further support them where we can.  We were all quite apprehensive about sleeping rough, especially this time of year.  However, giving up our beds for the night was a small thing which enabled us to experience what so many young people have to endure on a daily basis.”

Chris East, Appeal Director for City YMCA states “We want to give a huge thank you to the Premier Moves team. The boxes provided made sure that everyone sleeping rough at the SleepEasy event had a chance to keep warm and their fundraising has been fantastic in helping us support London’s young homeless.”

The team are still continuing to fundraise and if you would like to recognise their achievement and support City YMCA please donate at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/PremierMoves


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