Zibrant’s Big Sleepout takes place on Thursday night, 3 July in Derby.
Agency staff and supporters will sleep out in cardboard boxes to raise money for three charities: The Padley Centre; The Muscle Help Foundation and Send a Cow.
The evening’s event includes a range of fundraising activities, including a fair, a treasure hunt and a silent auction.
The Sleepout will be followed by a morning 4 July Independence Day breakfast and balloon release.
“This is our 8th annual charity challenge, which this year involves the entire Zibrant organisation,” said Penny McGrigor, Head of Branding and Marketing.
“After the gruelling Coast to Coast challenge last year, we wanted to ensure everyone could experience the team spirit and motivational elements of giving back by having a fun event with our suppliers and clients, while raising money for our nominated charities. We are looking forward to the Big Sleep Out immensely, the plans which started out early this year finally coming to fruition.
“Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, but we still have a way to go so please keep giving!”
Mason Fernley (pictured) is one little boy who went on a ‘Muscle Dream’ day out last year, courtesy of The Muscle Help Foundation. Mason wrote this poem after spending a day at Wet Wheels, a special accessible powerboat at GunWharf Quays, with The Muscle Help Foundation:
A Day at Wet Wheels, by Mason
Legs that worked was so much fun,
I’d spin, hop and run,
Jumping, skipping, rolling around,
Laughing hard I’d fall to the ground,
That’s now a dream, laying in bed,
Happy days spinning round my head,
Remembering as things used to be,
Before being taken away by D.M.D.
Life’s different in my wheelchair,
I’m angry, sad, life’s so unfair.
On the sidelines, that’s how it feels,
No-one plays with me in my wheels.
I long to feel, happy and free,
Soaring like a bird, over the sea,
Skimming waves, bouncing around,
Jumping up and down.
Laughing loud, sea splashing my face, I’m winning a race!
Sun kissed, happy, I’ll feel the breeze,
Rustling my hair, tickling my knees!
Ending the day, snuggled in bed,
Magical feelings racing round my head,
I’ll remember what ’WetWheels’ gave to me,
Mason Fernley, as he was meant to be…
Aged 11, happy, free”
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