Excalibur staff take to the outdoors for charity sleep out

By Claire Dukes - 5 January 2018


Next Friday staff from Excalibur Communications will be participating in an overnight sleep out to raise funds for Threshold and Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Threshold is a local charity which provides emergency support for homeless people in Swindon. They supply vital provisions including short and long term accommodation, as well as a drop-in breakfast club and soup kitchen.

Excalibur sleep out 2017 ©Calyx Picture Agency

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has been a well established charity since 1990, which raises integral funds to maintain operation of air ambulances across Wiltshire.

Excalibur staff will sleep out overnight in the office car park Friday 12 January, using only sleeping bags and cardboard shelters. Excalibur Sales Manager Darren Harper explained: "Sleeping rough is a true hardship even more so through the winter months. Although it can be uncomfortable, cold and wet, it gives us just a small glimpse into how hard life can be for people less fortunate than ourselves.

"People who have taken part in previous years have said how it has highlighted some of the challenges and has made them much more aware of the widespread homeless crisis. As a result people have gone on to do further fundraising and support initiatives such as volunteer work and collecting winter clothing for the local support groups. We can't fix the problem but we can all make a contribution to help and this is what it all about.

Excalibur sleep out 2017 ©Calyx Picture Agency

"James Phipps, our Exec Chairman, has done this several times since he was 16 and this is a fundraiser that remains very close to his heart."

Last year Excalibur raised over £2,000 for Threshold and Wiltshire Air Ambulance, which was divided equally amongst the two. This year Excalibur are hoping to surpass last year's total, and have currently raised just over £300.

Executive Chairman of Excalibur James Phipps added: "These two organisations, Threshold and Wiltshire Air Ambulance, are doing an incredibly important and challenging job and it is a pleasure to support them in any way we can."

To support Excalibur's fundraising, people can donate via their Virgin Money page at www.virginmoneygiving.com

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