Posted On: 1 Feb 2018

On Wednesday 31 January The Piece Hall Trust staff including Nicky Chance-Thompson, the Chief Executive and Becky Smedley, Premises and Building Manager, joined Halifax based charity Happy Days in a sleep out under the stars. Happy Days cycled 350 miles over the course of six days in a bid to raise ten thousand pounds for the homeless, stopping at The Piece Hall on their way to Leeds.

Cycling up to 75 miles per day, the cyclists toured some of the UK’s most prolific areas for homelessness, taking shelter on the streets in Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Stoke, Liverpool and their home town of Halifax before reaching the finish line in Leeds on Thursday 1 February.

Commenting on the ride, Dave Fawcett, CEO of Happy Days commented “We set up Happy Days in 2014, and since then have gone on to help a huge amount of people find a home, and even get back in to the workforce.”

“Everybody taking part in this ride has a huge love and passion to change lives and improve local communities. Whether it’s raising money, volunteering or just changing attitudes towards homelessness, I hope we inspired as many people as possible.  Anybody can be a victim of bad circumstances, but it can be so simple and easy to make a difference in someone’s life who needs it the most.”

Happy Days Ministries is based in Sowerby Bridge and provides essential services to those suffering from homelessness and addiction in their area. As well as these services, their social enterprises include a cycling shop, café and a building company.

Nicky Chance-Thompson, Chief Executive of The Piece Hall Trust, said: ”I’m delighted that The Piece Hall hosted the Happy Days group on the final night of their ride from London to Leeds. Sleeping rough in The Piece Hall was incredibly difficult and really brought home to me what an important issue this is. The Piece Hall Trust is very pleased to support such a great local homelessness and addiction charity."

Becky Smedley, Premises and Building Manager at The Piece Hall Trust, who took part in last night's sleep out said: "It was a great experience, and made you realise how tough it must be to do that every night, in much less safe spaces. We had the advantage of the building being in lockdown which provided us with a safe space to sleep with amenities, and also being able to go home to our own beds today; most homeless people don’t have those luxuries. I'm very glad I did it – even with the snow!"


For more information on Happy Days or to donate click here.


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