Thinking inside the box

Wolverhampton’s Pallet-Track shows charity begins at home – even if home is a cardboard box!

Fork Lift truck driver Paul Mallin is used to thinking ‘inside the box’ when it comes to fund raising.

Last year Paul, who works at Pallet-Track’s main distribution hub in Millfield Road, Wolverhampton raised over hundred pounds when he and wife Lynn ‘slept rough’ in a cardboard box as part of the YMCA’s ‘Sleep Easy’ charity night to empathise with those homeless people in the city who have no permanent roof over their heads.

Now Paul and Lynn, a support worker for the YMCA, are preparing to sleep out in the cold again to raise awareness for the initiative and the charity’s accommodation fund.

The couple will be joined by dozens of other fund raisers taking part in the ‘Sleep Easy’ night on 2 March 2013 at Wolverhampton University and would like to try and increase their donation to £250, with the support of their sponsors.

Pallet-Track is supporting the initiative by providing tonnes of wood from old pallets to stoke the braziers and keep the fund-raisers warm throughout the two-night initiative.

“Last year it was very cold and horrible to try and sleep on a hard floor. It must be terrible for people who do this every night because the sleep deprivation means you are extremely lucky if you manage to snatch three or four hours. If you also take into account the other dangers of sleeping rough, you begin to understand the spiral of despair that some people have to endure and that is why we all should try and help,” said Paul, who has worked for the Pallet-Track for three and a half years.

Paul and Lynn will go to the event prepared with their own sleeping bags but the YMCA provides them with two cupboard boxes to snuggle down in.

The YMCA’s ‘Sleep Easy’ raises awareness that each night YMCAs up and down the country provide rooms for around 7,000 young people who don’t have anywhere else to sleep.

The money raised from Sleep Easy goes into the ‘Moving Forward Fund’, which residents can apply for when they are ready to move out of the YMCA and find their own independent accommodation. The fund gives them a helping hand with essential items for their new home.

The event this year will be held on Friday 1st March, 7pm – 7am Warley Rugby Club, Oldbury and Saturday 2nd March, 7pm – 7am Wolverhampton University.

Anyone wanting to sponsor Paul and Lynn go onto their fundraising page at

For people wanting to know more about Sleep Easy volunteer or offer a donation, get in touch with Grace Heeley at Alternatively, they can call 01902 371 556 or go to the website at