Festival organisers have been praised for raising more than £250,000 for homeless charity Framework.
DHP Family were forced to cancel this year’s ‘Beat The Street’ festival due to Covid-19 so instead shifted their efforts towards fundraising instead.
Starting the fundraiser with Framework’s “Homeless To Home” challenge, members of DHP Family and their friends set out to run, walk or cycle 121 miles – the distance from Nottingham Rock City to their Bristol venue, Thekla.
The team went well over this target, covering 1,584.5 miles and raising £10,098 in the process.
A tombola was also organised with prizes including tickets to the National Ice Centre and Rock City.
Finally, their ‘Blind Auction’ offered fans the opportunity to bid for signed merchandise from Nottingham Forest FC and Nottinghamshire Country Cricket Club as well as tickets to see Pet Shop Boys in a suite at The O2.
The money raised so far has enabled the charity to keep the Sneinton Hermitage shelter open all year round, employ two mental health workers, and continue delivering much-needed services throughout the pandemic.
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Framework’s Chief Executive Andrew Redfern said: “Thank you to everyone at DHP Family, to partners and countless musicians for finding ways to raise an amazing total of £17,800 at this most challenging time for the music industry and the entertainment sector.
“Your wholehearted commitment in raising more than £250,000 since 2018 is truly inspiring and has made a tangible difference to the lives of homeless people in Nottingham.”
DHP Family Managing Director, George Akins, said: “We were of course disappointed not be able to deliver our usual Beat The Streets Festival this year, but feel so grateful to the Nottingham music community for backing our Winter Fundraiser campaign.
“The pandemic has been tough for everyone, but even more so for those who are homeless or vulnerable, so we’re really pleased we have been able to contribute towards the excellent work Framework are doing.”
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