The Turf Sleepout is fast approaching with over 60 fundraisers taking their sleeping bags pitch side to spend the night at the Turf Moor stadium on Friday 15th November to raise vital funds and awareness of homelessness in East Lancashire.
Funds raised from the annual event will support Burnley FC in the Community, homelessness charity Emmaus Burnley and SafeNet Domestic Abuse Service for Jane’s Place Women’s Refuge.
There are a variety of reasons fundraisers have signed up to take part but all 60 share one common goal – to help fight homelessness.
We are delighted to be joined on the night by local businesses including VEKA, Councillors from Burnley Council, Burnley FC and Burnley FC in the Community staff and journalists from LancsLive and BBC Radio Lancashire.
Meet some of the fundraisers taking part below:
Will is 12 years old and said he is taking part to raise awareness of people living on the streets and to raise money for homelessness charity Emmaus Burnley, Jane’s Place Women’s Refuge and Burnley FC in the Community.
“My dad told me about the event last year and I decided then that I wanted to be a part of this if it happened again. I would like to make the effort to try and realise what a hard time people are going through and the challenge and experience, and to make others aware also.
“I have spoken to my school headmaster about our challenge, who has asked me to make a diary of the event so he can promote this in the school media.
“I know my Dad will appreciate me doing this with him as support and the experience to go through this together.
“He is also scared of the dark.”
“I am the Store Manager at Tesco Burnley Extra. Every day we deal with homelessness at our store.
“The people who are affected are among some of the most vulnerable people I know. Local charities need funds to help homeless people. This is why I am supporting this event.”
Julian & Lisa
“After a casual conversation in the Calico office on a Thursday afternoon led to us both (Julian and Lisa) signing up to this year’s Turf Sleepout, we’re now banking on some strong support from our respective friends, colleagues and family members.
“Through working in the Media and Communications team at The Calico Group, we see first-hand every single day the devastating impact that issues such as homelessness and domestic abuse has on individuals and families and how critically important it is to have charities such as Burnley FC in the Community, Emmaus and Jane’s Place there to help when people need it the most.”
“Having worked for Burnley FC in the Community for 4.5 years, I know the real difference the charity makes in the community of Burnley and its surrounding areas. It’s great to be on the other side of the work we deliver and be a fundraiser for the Turf Sleepout this year.
“As a group we all fundraise as individuals each year for various charities, the Turf Sleepout is a great opportunity for us all to join forces and take part in an event together. We know the difference that BFCitC makes in the community and we hope to raise plenty of funds not only for BFCitC but the other partner charities, to help support the work they all deliver in the community.”
“The reason I am doing the Turf Sleepout is I have done voluntary work for both Emmaus and The Free Project in Blackburn, a drop-in centre for the homeless. Also, SafeNet is a cause close to my heart, as I know several people who have been through difficulties.
“I work for The Leisure Box and feel we do a great job, with the free soft play and various free sports, dancing and employability run from our building. As well as the Burnley Community Kitchen with the café and foodbank where I previously volunteered.”
Clare & William
“My son and I have been Burnley fans for many years, William having been a Young Claret, the highlight of which was always meeting the players at the annual Christmas party.
“We decided we wanted to give something back to the club and do something out of our comfort zone, hence signing up for the Turf Sleepout.”
Over 50 fundraisers took part in the Turf Sleepout last year, raising more than £28,000 with the aim this year to raise even more funds and 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 Northwest heavily affected. Help fight homelessness by supporting the Turf Sleepout today.
The Turf Sleepout takes place on Friday 15th November, 7pm to 7am. The registration fee is £15, and fundraisers are asked to raise a minimum of £250. Please note you must be over 16 to take part. To sign up click here.
If you cannot attend the event but would like to support, sponsor the sleepers on the Justgiving campaign here.