Julie to brave the freeze

Julie Hackett (left) with Paula Holden and Amy Young from ICG in Warton
Julie Hackett (left) with Paula Holden and Amy Young from ICG in Warton
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A St Annes woman will be taking part in a chilly outdoor sleepover to raise money for charity.

Julie Hackett will be joining two of her work colleagues from marketing agency, ICG in Warton, to brave the wintry weather on December 4 by spending a night sleeping on the streets of Blackburn with Nightsafe – a charity, which supports homeless young people.

Looking at the long-term weather forecast, I think we’ll have to huddle together!

Each equipped with just a cardboard box, newspaper for insulation and a sleeping bag, Julie, along with Paula Holden and Amy Young will take part in the charity’s 25th anniversary Sleep Out event outside The Mall, Blackburn, under the clock tower on King William Street.

Since 1990, Nightsafe has helped more than 12,500 young people, provided 35,000 nights off the streets and made 125,000 meals with a dedicated army of 650 volunteers.

Julie, PR manager at ICG, said: “Nightsafe is the ‘Charity of the Year’ for our client The Mall Blackburn and after writing about their work, talking to their team and learning the cold hard facts about the predicament of homeless people, we just had to do something.

“Though we will be spending the night out with only a few basic supplies, this is already more than most homeless people have, which is absolutely heart-breaking.”

During the summer, the shopping centre donated a retail unit to Nightsafe as a dedicated space to hold a series of fund-raising activities.

Jan Larkin, CEO of Nightsafe, which helps young people through its Day Centre, Night Shelter and supported housing projects, said: “We are delighted to have ICG with us for the Sleep Out.

“Looking at the long-term weather forecast, I think we’ll have to huddle together!”

To donate to the Sleep Out fund, please visit the ICG just giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/ICG-PR-Team.