Local lads raise much-needed funds for veterans charity following big sleep out success

By Evie Payne

3rd Apr 2024 | Local News

Steve and Beechy on the day of the big sleep out. Image credit: Steve Abbott.
Steve and Beechy on the day of the big sleep out. Image credit: Steve Abbott.

A local father recently swapped his bed for a sleeping bag to raising funds for the Royal British Legion.

Steve Abbott, a loving father and husband and loyal supporter of local rugby, spent the night in his tent this March to raise money for the Royal British Legion alongside pal, 'Beechy'.

The pair are firm supporters of veterans and the RBL. Image credit: Steve Abbott.

Oakham locals and long-time Rutland residents, Steve and Beechy took part in The Great Tommy Sleep Out, and the pair are still welcoming donations.

The Great Tommy Sleep Out, sponsored by BAE Systems, is a fundraising challenge designed to support the estimated 6,000 veterans that are experiencing homelessness in the UK right now.

You can sleep outside for one night or more, tent or no tent, at any time in March, and the charity ask that you attempt to raise at least £150. Well, the duo have already exceeded this target, and have already raised an estimated £1,200 between them.

The event is organised by the Royal British legion, and also supports 'Sleep-Outers' in making friends and connecting veterans. Image credit: Steve Abbott.

The pair kept warm with a fire and BBQ.

Steve and Beechy are still raising funds. Image credit: Steve Abbott.

Steve said: "With every penny raised, Royal British Legion Industries can provide safe, warm housing and ensure everyone has a fair opportunity to gain employment, regardless of health conditions or disability.

"Please help me to raise much-needed funds for this incredible cause."

The duo slept out in Steve's garden to raise money for the RBL. Image credit: Steve Abbott.

Steve's proud wife, Lisa, added: "No one should have to sleep rough especially those who put their lives on the line to protect ours.

"Please help Steve to raise as much money as possible for this amazing charity by clicking on the donate button."

You can find out more on Steve's Facebook fundraising page, and donate online. Donations will close on Sunday 7 April 2024.

If you have any fundraising news to share get in touch by emailing [email protected].


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