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Rough sleepers bag thousands for community charities

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26 KMF employees were among around 120 people who slept out at a chilly bet365 Stadium on Friday 3 February.

All of the rough sleepers, braving a cold night in the stadium's Q-Railing stand, were raising cash for those for whom sleeping rough is a challenge they face night after night.

Money from the event will go to Stoke City's Community Trust which supports many local causes — including the Macari Centre, an initiative to help rough sleepers set up by ex Potters' boss Lou Macari.

Lou Macari himself braved the cold along with Stoke City's legendary kit man Neil 'Nello' Baldwin, and former player Carl Beeston.

The KMF contingent included several apprentices undertaking the experience as part of their 'Apprentice Challenge' for 2017.

Nadine Rowley, KMF's marketing and PR executive commented: "It was a real eye-opener to sleep on a cold concrete floor. Although it was a great experience, everyone was mindful of how tough it is for those people for whom this is a way of life."

Steve Hunt, Stoke City community trust fundraising officer said: "We would like to thank KMF for taking part in the sleep-over. As a Community Trust Sponsor they are a credit to us and the local community for getting involved in our many charity events."

Wrights Pies supplied a welcome midnight snack, the Tollgate Hotel provided a cooked breakfast and HIS Church provided much appreciated extra sleeping bags.

KMF staff raised over £3000 in sponsorship on the night.

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