The Turf Sleepout is back on Friday, 15th November 2019 and Burnley FC in the Community is looking for Clarets fans from across the region to join in this unique event.
Over 50 fundraisers took part in the event last year which raised money than £28,000 for Burnley FC in the Community, homelessness charity Emmaus Burnley and SafeNet Domestic Abuse Service for Jane’s Place Women’s Refuge.
The aim this year is to generate even more funds for the same three local charities and further increase awareness of the rising epidemic of homelessness in the UK.
According to official estimates, 4,677 people in the UK bedded down on the streets or in sheds and tents in 2018. This is 165% higher than in 2010, with areas of the North West heavily affected.
Chief Executive Officer of Burnley FC in the Community Neil Hart, Managing Director of SafeNet Helen Gauder and Director of Emmaus Burnley and Emmaus Preston Stephen Buchanan are also urging other business leaders and Burnley FC fans to join them for the Turf Sleepout.
Neil Hart said: “We received a fantastic response to last year’s Turf Sleepout and our aim this year is to surpass the amount raised! I will be taking part in the event again and I would encourage business leaders and Clarets supporters to join us at the stadium in November.
"All the funds raised from this event will support some of the most vulnerable people in our town”
Stephen Buchanan said: “By spending one night out and raising funds will mean Emmaus can support others to never have to sleep out again. Nobody would choose homelessness; to spend night after night on the street, worrying about shelter, food and often your own safety – as well as struggling with loneliness. Join us at the Turf Sleepout 2019 and make a real difference!”
Helen Gauder added: “For the second year running, we are delighted to be partnering with Burnley FC in the Community and Emmaus for this important event. It proved very powerful last year to join forces to tackle this issue in our community.
"We hope to gather even more support this time around. I’d urge as many people as possible to get involved and help us make real change for those who need it most.”
Funds raised from the Turf Sleepout will be split equally between:
Burnley FC in the Community is the award-winning, official charity of Burnley Football Club. The mission of the charity is to inspire, support and deliver change to communities across East Lancashire and West Yorkshire. The charity engaged with 33,000 individuals during 2018/19 and works with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our town.
Emmaus Burnley provides accommodation, support and work-based training and volunteering for up to 30 formerly homeless people.
Jane’s Place is a Complex Needs Recovery Refuge. It is the first of its kind in the North and offers safe and secure temporary accommodation for women and children at risk of domestic abuse who also have additional complex needs.
The Turf Sleepout will take place on Friday, 15th November from 7pm to 7am (Saturday 16th November).
Registration is £15 and fundraisers are asked to raise a minimum of £250. Please note you must be over 16 to take part.
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