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Charity Leaders Join Turf Sleepout

23 September 2019

The Turf Sleepout team continues to grow with over 40 people pledging to spend the night sleeping out at the Turf Moor stadium on Friday 15th November, to raise vital funds to tackle homelessness in the region.

Funds raised from the Turf Sleepout will be split equally between, Burnley FC in the Community, homeless charity Emmaus Burnley and SafeNet’s Complex Needs Recovery Refuge Jane’s Place, with leaders from all three charities taking part and urging other business leaders and Burnley FC fans to join them.

Joining 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 so far are Burnley FC Stadium and Operations Manager Doug Metcalfe, Matt Hargreaves General Manager of The Leisure Box, a team of ten from VEKA Plc and representatives from The Calico Group.

Director of Emmaus Burnley and Emmaus Preston Stephen Buchanan said: “The funds raised from last year’s Turf Sleepout made a huge difference to Emmaus. We received over £9,000, some of the money went on a minibus, which allows our companions to go out on trips and takes them to work daily. We also paid for some activities for our companions for Christmas, buying toiletries and just basic needs, so the money raised made a direct difference to people who were formally homeless.

“I would encourage people to sign up, there was a good camaraderie last year. We had a real mix of people, from fans of the football club to people who have their own businesses. Everybody supported each other on the night, and we raised a huge amount of money for three worthy causes.”

Managing Director of SafeNet Helen Gauder said: “When SafeNet took part in the Turf Sleepout last year alongside Burnley FC in the Community and Emmaus, we were amazed by the support we received from sponsors and supporters alike and by the amount of funding raised by this joint initiative.

“Several SafeNet staff and supporters braved the cold and wet, sleeping pitch side to show empathy to all those homeless and without a safe, warm place to stay.  We were able to use the substantial funds raised to support many traumatised children and young people living with us in safe refuge, providing 1:1 therapeutic session’s, small group work, crèches and trips out to help children recover from their experiences of living with domestic abuse.”

Registration for the Turf Sleepout is £15 and fundraisers are asked to raise a minimum of £250. Please note you must be over 16 to take part.

Help us fight homelessness - sign up today.

To take part in the Turf Sleepout click here or contact Sinead Kennedy-Peers on or 01282 704 716.

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