Burnley FC in the Community is pleased to announce its first Turf Sleepout event has raised over £28,000 to date to fight homelessness in Burnley.
Hosted at the Turf Moor stadium, more than 50 fundraisers from as far afield as Hereford and the Lake District bedded down in front of the Bob Lord Stand, in the middle of Storm Callum, to raise awareness and raise funds for Burnley FC in the Community, Emmaus Burnley and SafeNet Domestic Abuse Service for Jane’s Place.
Prior to making their way pitchside with just a piece of cardboard and a sleeping bag for comfort, presentations from the leaders of Burnley FC in the Community, Emmaus Burnley and SafeNet offered insight into how they are all, in different ways, supporting homeless people in the town. Fundraisers also listened to the first-hand experience of an individual who was formerly homeless on the streets of the town but is now supported by Burnley FC in the Community.
Neil Hart, Chief Executive Officer of BFCitC, said: “We delivered this event in the same week it was revealed that 449 homeless people died in the UK in the last 12 months. Those numbers shocked all of us taking part and made us even more determined to raise as much as we could.
“We received incredible support from so many business leaders, Burnley FC fans and people who simply wanted to do their bit. Despite the seriousness of the issue, we were all uplifted by the willingness and spirit of the fundraisers on what was a very wet and windy night.
“All the money raised will go to fighting homelessness in our town and we were pleased to work closely with Emmaus Burnley and SafeNet to deliver this unique event.”
Helen Gauder, Managing Director of SafeNet, said: “The SafeNet team of six were really proud to have been part of this fantastic fundraising and awareness raising event, to shine a spotlight on homelessness in Burnley and the causes of homelessness.
“We want to thank all those who braved a night out in the storm and to thank all those who sponsored us. SafeNet will use the money to provide direct support to women and children staying with us at Jane’s Place. It will be used for practical, emotional and therapeutic support in safe refuge to help them regain control of their lives, recover from abuse and resettle them safely in the community.”
Stephen Buchanan, Director of Emmaus Burnley and Preston, said: “What a fantastic event this was. The power of the three charities working together really struck me – it felt like coming to the stadium, we’d come to the heart of the town for a cause that connected so many people across our community.
“We’re hoping to use these funds to purchase a van to help us collect and sell more items, such as furniture. At the moment, we’re spending a lot of money renting a vehicle – to have our own will be far more cost effective and, in turn, will allow us to generate more funds to support our companions. A huge thanks to all those who have supported this brilliant event.”
To contribute to the ongoing fundraising for the Turf Sleepout event, please visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/turfsleepout2018.
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.
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.