Charity leaders commit to Turf Sleepout

Charity leaders commit to Turf Sleepout

The leaders of three local charities will spend the night sleeping out at Turf Moor on Friday 12th October to raise money and awareness for the Burnley-based organisations they head up.


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 what will be the first ever Turf Sleepout event.


Neil Hart said: “We’ve already had a fantastic response to the event – a huge thanks to all those who have committed to joining us in October. This event is open to fans too and we hope lots of Clarets supporters will also join us at the stadium in October. It won’t be easy but it will be incredibly worthwhile.”


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.”


There is a £25 registration fee to take part in the Turf Sleepout and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £250 to support the work of Burnley FC in the Community, Emmaus Burnley and SafeNet Domestic Abuse Service for Jane’s Place Women’s Refuge. All funds will be delivered to Burnley FC in the Community in the first instance with the final total split in equal parts between all three charities involved.  


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