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PPM Limited support The Big Sleep 2017

On Saturday the 28th January, Gordon McGregor, Managing Director, Beth Nicholls and Laura Brough, Communications and Development Officers and Lynsey Carruthers, HR Manager at PPM Limited, spent the night under the stars to help raise funds for vulnerable older people in Cumbria this winter. 

In a bad winter, 300 elderly Cumbrians die every year due to cold weather as they are made to choose between heating and eating.

The Big Sleep is held every winter to raise money for Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Appeal – a pot of cash distributed to help older people suffering from rising fuel costs and poor health. In the first three years, the Big Sleep has attracted more than 500 people and raised nearly £75,000 for the appeal.

In 2017, The Big Sleep was held on Saturday 28th January – and there was a special twist. Campers slept in front of the Low Wood Bay Hotel, right on the shore of Lake Windermere.

In the run up to the event PPM Limited held fundraisers to raise money and awareness, including a Christmas Jumper Day for all staff. 

The big night arrived and the weather was not favorable for camping out, wet, windy and cold. This didnt, however,  take away from the event. Throughout the evening there was hot food and drinks served, family films to watch and a live band to keep everyone more than entertained.

PPM took cover from the elements (in our award winning tent 'The onion') and prepared for a cold night ahead with a game of Monopoly. Once snuggled in our sleeping bags morning came round in no time. We awoke to a dry but boggy camp site and the smell of bacon sandwiches being served in the main marquee. After warming up with a hot drink it was time to pack up before the rain set in again.

PPM raised a total of £1005.00 through donations and fundraisers for Cumbria Community Foundations's Big Sleep 2017 and we hope to take part and support this amazing event next year.