Cruden Group staff sleep rough for charity

The suitably attired Cruden Group Sleep in the Park team: (from left) Gill Henry, Mike Robinson, Frank Gallacher, Hazel Davies and Amy Jenkinson
The suitably attired Cruden Group Sleep in the Park team: (from left) Gill Henry, Mike Robinson, Frank Gallagher, Hazel Davies and Amy Jenkinson

Five intrepid staff members from The Cruden Group have volunteered to brave a chilly Scottish winter night by sleeping rough in Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park event to raise funds to help eradicate homelessness in Scotland within the next five years.

Around 9,000 participants are lined up to take part in the event which is taking place in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh on Saturday 9 December.

The team from Cruden Homes East and Hart Builders comprises sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, head of business development, Gill Henry, head of construction (affordable), Frank Gallagher, site manager, Mike Robinson and contracts & safety assistant, Amy Jenkinson.

Cruden Group is already a major supporter of the Social Bite charity with Gill Henry, in addition to her busy day job with Cruden, working as project director on a pro bono basis overseeing the design, manufacture and on-site delivery of the forthcoming Social Bite Village for homeless people in Granton, Edinburgh.

Read Gill talking to Scottish Housing News about her role on the project here.

Cruden Group is also contributing £3000 to the Sleep in the Park event in addition to any cash the five members of the team might raise.

Gill Henry said: “The Cruden Group is very proud to be associated with Social Bite in the great work they are doing and the five of us in the team are all really looking forward to the Sleep in the Park event. Social Bite’s drive to eradicate homelessness in Scotland is a hugely worthy aim and we are all determined to do as much as we can to help.”

To help all those attending Sleep in the Park get through the cold winter’s night, a great line up of entertainment has been arranged. Amongst others, Liam Gallagher, Deacon Blue, Frightened Rabbit and Amy Macdonald will all be performing acoustic sets, while Would I Lie To You chairman, Rob Brydon, is hosting the event. Sir Bob Geldof is due to sleep out with the participants and Basil Fawlty himself, John Cleese, will be reading out a bedtime story befitting the occasion.

If you would like to sponsor the Cruden Group team, please click here.

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