Forest Family unites to tackle homelessness

25 Dec 2018
by Neil Skinner

Nottingham Forest players, staff and fans teamed up with Framework on Saturday - and raised more than £4,000 to tackle homelessness.

The Club has been working all season with Framework to raise awareness of homelessness, reaching out to those affected, and helping to raise vital funds to tackle the problem.

A major part of that effort is the Let’s Tackle Homelessness campaign, a festive fundraiser in partnership with the Nottingham Post, reached its climax at Saturday's game against QPR.

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Players warmed up Let’s Tackle Homelessness t-shirts and Framework representatives were present throughout the stadium shaking buckets to raise money from fans.

The fantastic £4,2218.52 raised will go towards helping people off the streets in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and preventing them from becoming homeless in the first place.

Framework Chief Executive Andrew Redfern said: “We’ve been working with the Club since the start of the season and their performance off the pitch has been every bit as good as it has been on the pitch. From players past and present to the club’s fans, staff, and owners, the whole of the Forest family has taken this cause to its heart.

“We have been impressed by the Club’s commitment to the cause and by the enthusiasm shown towards our work and the people we support.

“It is heartening to see the Club engaging with the local community and using its unique position of influence to help people in need. On behalf of everyone at Framework – service users, staff and supporters – I would like to say a huge thank you.”

Saturday's game was the final event in the partnership programme for the first half of the season.  Highlights have included:

  • Ben Osborn and Joe Lolley learning about rough sleeping and meeting service users at Framework’s London Road hostel
  • A celebration dinner in the Robin Hood Suite attended by leading supporters of Framework and Forest and leading members of the local civic and business community
  • Framework’s Big Sleep Out in the Brian Clough car park attended by a record 250 people. It has raised a record £40,000 and counting…
  • The visit by Danny Fox and Joao Carvalho to Framework’s London Road hostel to serve dinner to residents
  • The visit by legends Garry Birtles, Frank Clark, John McGovern and John Metgod to Framework’s care home Edwin House to meet supporters from their playing days.

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