On Saturday 6 May Richard Porter, who leads the Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP) Employment team, will be taking part in the ‘Big Sleep Out’ in Colchester Castle Park. The idea of the ‘Big Sleep Out’ is for business professionals and members of the local community to sleep rough for one night raising money to support two local charities: The Samaritans and Beacon House. The event has been organised by the Rotary Club of Colchester Forum and has the support of local dignitaries, such as the Mayor Julie Young and MP Will Quince, who will both be sleeping out.

Richard Porter is a longstanding member of the Rotary Club of Colchester Forum and Thompson Smith and Puxon regularly support the Club’s fundraising events. The aim is for each individual sleeping out to raise at least £500 and TSP will be supporting Richard by kick-starting his fundraising efforts with a £250 donation. If you would like to support Richard too please visit his Just Giving page here.

Want to take part? Then the Rotary Club of Colchester Forum would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Tony Dutch, the Rotary member responsible for organising the event, by email tonydutch@sys3internet.net or by telephone 07515 963356.

The Rotary Club of  Colchester Forum –  Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) is an association of over 1,800 clubs with more than 50,000 members from all walks of life. In Colchester, there are five clubs within the Borough. The Rotary Club of Colchester Forum has over 50 members. They raise money mainly for local community projects and some international ones too.

Beacon House – Beacon House is a Christian charity that was established to help homeless people, those in insecure accommodation and those at high risk of homelessness. Beacon House offers a wide range of support services providing a necessary and vital lifeline to people who are homeless.

The SamaritansThe Samaritans’ vision is to reduce the amount of people who die by suicide.  They are available 24 hours a day to provide emotional support for people who are struggling to cope.