'Big Sleep' for charity helps raise over £100,000

Dozens spent a chilly night under the stars to raise money for vulnerable older people in February. It has now helped raise over £100,000.

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Big Sleep Out raises over £100,000

Most slept in tents rather than bivvy bags Credit: ITV Border

Over £100,000 has been raised by the Big Sleep Out in Cumbria.

The campaign to help combat fuel poverty in the region saw people sleep outdoors in Windermere in February.

The money raised was given to more than 1,000 older people in Cumbria who struggle to keep warm in the winter.

The Winter Warmth Appeal, now in it's fourth year, has seen the money raised rise tenfold from £10,000 in 2010 to £105,000 this year.

Previous coverage of the story can be found here.

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Dozens sleep under the stars to raise money for vulnerable older people

The 'Big Sleep' took place in a field in Windermere Credit: ITV News Border

*Around 100 people have taken part in a 'Big Sleep' to raise money for vulnerable older people. *

Cumbria Community Foundation organised the mass sleep-out challenge in a field in Windermere.

Volunteers spent the night in a field in Windermere Credit: ITV News Border

The volunteers were sponsored to take part and are hoping to raise up to £100,000 for the Winter Warmth Fund. MP Jamie Reed was among those taking part.

Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation, Andy Beeforth said: "We want to raise a total of £100,000 for older people facing the choice of heating they homes or eating a meal. We've already raised £62,000 for our Winter Warmth Appeal."

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