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DENS DEDICATION: Berkhamsted solicitors brave the cold for homeless charity

 Published on: 26th February 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Solicitors from Berkhamsted raised almost £4,000 for charity by sleeping rough in cold and windy conditions.

Machins Solicitors, based in Lockhart House, High Street, gave up their warm and cosy beds to sleep out in the cold to support homeless charity DENS on Friday, February 21.

Staff from the Berkhamsted office joined their colleagues in Luton, bedding down in the grounds of their car park, to raise funds for DENS and experience what it might be like to be homeless.

The team have so far raised over £3,700.

Machins partner, Paul Owen, from Berkhamsted, said: “There was great team camaraderie and we enjoyed spending time with each other, focusing on something outside of work. I was happy to swap the warm for the cold in order to give something back to a great local charity and experience, on a personal level, what it’s like to be homeless and I now feel I have a better understanding.”

Nicky Maxwell-Braithwaite, DENS community and events fundraising manager, went along to support the team. 

She said: “Having organised our own DENS Sleepout in November, I was able to give helpful advice such as to place their cardboard beds close to the wall to shelter from the fierce winds and cold draughts. 

“It was great to meet the team. I’m so proud of them for raising such an incredible amount of money, and for helping to highlight the issues homeless people face during the cold winter months and throughout the year.”

If you would like to organise your own company, church or school sleepout, contact Nicky on 01442 800268.

To find out more about DENS visit

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