Radio Station News: Two presenters raise £515 for Canaan Trust Sleep-Out

Published on: Thursday, 9th May 2019
The Reverend Christine French with David O'Connell
Sleep Out Poster

An Erewash Sound presenter and a regular studio guest have raised over £500 for a charity which supports the homeless.  The Canaan Trust organised the event, which saw supporters sleeping out in Long Eaton Market Place all night from 8pm on Friday 26th April through to 7am the following morning.

Presenter David O'Connell, along with the Rev. Christine French (who co-presents for an hour on Friday afternoons) were two of those sleeping out in Long Eaton and collected £515 for their efforts.

The radio station was live throughout the night from the studios in Cotmanhay - one of only a few such instances in 9 years - to support those sleeping out, with requests also being offered to listeners for this special programme and details on how to donate.  There were also interviews with the organisers and some of those taking part as well as special bulletins of news each hour.

Kevin Curtis, Canaan Trust Project Manager, said: “One of the key objectives of the Sleepout is to raise awareness of the issues relating to both ‘Rough Sleeping’ and ‘Hidden Homelessness’.   We’re really excited to have Erewash Sound supporting the project.”

Radio presenter Deb Marshall, who came up with the idea of the all-night request show, said: "We really wanted to get behind this important cause.  David and Christine preferred that no one asked for 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' though!"

To show your support for David and Christine, it is still not too late - email david.oconnell @ erewashsound, (closing the gaps in that address before sending your message) or visit

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