Royal Navy veteran to spend two nights outdoors surrounded by 15,000 creepy mannequins at Mannakin Hall, Fulbeck, Royal British Legion Industries’ Great Tommy Sleep Out
Royal Navy veteran Jason Roffey will be spending two nights sleeping out surrounded by 15,000 creepy mannequins as part of a fundraising campaign to help homeless veterans.
Jason will be sleeping outside at Mannakin Hall, Fulbeck, on Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11 as part of a fundraising campaign to raise crucial funds for homeless veterans affected by the cost of living crisis.
Mannakin Hall is home to around 15,000 shop mannequins and operates from what was RAF Fulbeck as a mannequin hire business and film location.
Jason of the Sleaford Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club is taking part in Royal British Legion Industries’ Great Tommy Sleep Out, which will see participants brave the cold for a night this March in aid of the roughly 6,000 military veterans living on the streets in the UK.
Last year, the demand for RBLI’s services for homeless veterans increased by 45% and, with the cost of living crisis, the charity expects the cost of housing those already supported to more than treble.
Every penny raised by the Great Tommy Sleep Out campaign will go directly to RBLI’s wide range of services providing a home, welfare and employment support to military veterans.
Jason said, “You hear daily about the struggles that our members of the Armed forces and veterans go through and where their journeys take them, some of these journeys can take a wrong turn and the RBLI help people get back on track, so if spending a couple of nights outside in the cold like a lot of veterans do every night of the week can raise a little extra funds to help then I will have a go and put my long johns on.”
To support Jason in RBLI’s Great Tommy Sleep Out visit, www.facebook.com/donate/1426054568225130/5847791298647005/
Visit www.RBLI.co.uk/sleepout to find out more about how you can support this challenge.
When asked why he’d chosen Mannakin Hall to camp out in, Jason said, “I had heard about Mannakin Hall through friends and thought the place looked perfect to add another dimension to a couple of nights under the stars - and when asked, the awesome Roz did not hesitate to give me permission to camp out there and support myself and the charity as well.”
Roz Edwards, director and founder of Mannakin Ltd, said “I’m delighted that Jason has asked me to support this campaign, I just hope all the mannequins behave themselves.”