Burnley FC in the Community (BFCitC) is urging Burnley FC fans and business leaders from across the region to commit to sleeping out in the Turf Moor stadium for one night as part of the charity’s first ever Turf Sleepout fundraising event.
Taking place on Friday 12th October, the Turf Sleepout will ask those taking part to give up the comfort of their own bed for the night and commit to raising a minimum of £250 to be split three ways between Burnley FC in the Community, homelessness charity Emmaus and SafeNet Domestic Abuse Service for Jane’s Place Women’s Refuge.
Already signed up to the event is Neil Hart CEO of Burnley FC in the Community, Helen Gauder Managing Director of SafeNet and Stephen Buchanan Director of Emmaus Burnley and Emmaus Preston.
Neil Hart said: “This is a unique new initiative to shine a light on the rising issue of homelessness in our communities. It won’t be an easy event to take part in but that’s the point – as well as raising money we want our fundraisers to gain a first-hand experience of what life is like for an increasing number of people in our region.”
“We are determined to continue utilising the Turf Moor stadium in imaginative ways to benefit the community, above and beyond matchdays. The size of the stadium means this is the ideal space to run an event like this – there is room for plenty of people to take part so we’re urging as many peopel as possible to join us. We’ve already had a fantastic response to the event. A huge thanks to all those who have committed to joining us in October.”
Stephen Buchanan said: “The funds raised from this event will be vital in supporting our work at Emmaus Burnley. We support up to 30 formerly homeless people at any one time, providing accommodation and work-based training and volunteering opportunities. As an organisation that believes in the power of community, we hope local people will really get behind this new initiative to tackle the serious issue of homelessness.”
Helen Gauder said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this brand-new event at Burnley FC. Jane’s Place, our complex needs recovery refuge, offers safe and secure temporary accommodation for women and children at risk of domestic abuse. We will use the funds raised from this event to support our work with these women. We hope lots of business leaders and Clarets fans alike will join us and help us to make a difference.”
Business leaders from VEKA, Calico, Maintel, Spencer Hayes Group and RKB Electrical have also already signed up to take part.
There is a £25 registration fee to take part in the Turf Sleepout and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £250. All funds will come to Burnley FC in the Community in the first instance, with Burnley FC in the Community then handling the process of the three-way split.
To take part in the Turf Sleepout, register here.
For more information, please contact Siobhán McNamara at firstname.lastname@example.org.