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PICTURES: The Big Sleep

Some youngsters all set for the Big Sleep Credit: Gary McKeating

Saturday night was the Big Sleep.

Take a look through some photos from the event.

There was entertainment throughout the evening Credit: Gary McKeating
A big crowd turned out to support the event Credit: Gary McKeating
Hot food was available to keep volunteers going Credit: Gary McKeating
Volunteers wrapped up to keep warm Credit: Gary McKeating


Wetheral Brownies prepare for The Big Sleep

Whether Brownies getting ready for The Big Sleep Credit: ITV Border

The Wetheral Brownies will take part in The Big Sleep this weekend to raise money for charity.

Twenty-four girls and six leaders will spend a night at Wetheral's 15th Century Priory Gatehouse to raise money for the Cumbria Community Foundation's Winter Warmth Fund.

Last year, The Big Sleep raised £23,000 in one night, with the Winter Warmth Appeal raising a total of £105,000.

Winter Warmth Appeal launches

A campaign to keep older people warm over winter launches today.

The Winter Warmth Appeal raised more than £100,000 for elderly people in the region last year.

Its flagship event is the Big Sleep, a sleep over in a field in south Cumbria, which takes place on February 7.

And tonight the Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation, Andy Beeforth, will be sleeping in a bed - on Windermere - to raise awareness.

“Every year 300 elderly people in Cumbria die because they can’t afford to heat their homes throughout the winter and that is why appeals like the Winter Warmth are so important.

"The Big Sleep is a fun way for people to raise money and help reduce this number. If we can manage to sleep on Lake Windermere and not fall out, it will be easy to sleep out one night on the Low Wood’s fell side."

– Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive

Charity raises £105,000 to keep people warm in the winter

A Cumbrian charity is celebrating the fact that it's raised a £105,000 to help older people keep warm in the winter.

A quarter of the money came in through an event called The Big Sleep.

167 people slept out in a field in February to raise the funds.

Pam Royle spoke to the charity's Chief Executive Andy Beeforth and asked him why he thinks the campaign has been so successful.

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