Thursday 26 July 2018

Supporters challenged to sleep out at Turf Moor for charity

Turf Sleepout

Emmaus Burnley is one of three local charities that is set to benefit from the Burnley FC in the Community (BFCitC) Turf Sleepout event.

BFCitC is urging supporters and business leaders from across the region to commit to sleeping out in the Turf Moor stadium for one night as part of the charity’s first ever Turf Sleepout fundraising event.

Taking place on Friday 12th October, the Turf Sleepout will ask those taking part to give up the comfort of their own bed for the night and commit to raising a minimum of £250 to be split three ways between Burnley FC in the Community, homelessness charity Emmaus Burnley and women’s refuge Jane’s Place

Already signed up to the event is Neil Hart, CEO of Burnley FC in the Community, Helen Gauder, Managing Director of SafeNet, and Stephen Buchanan, Director of Emmaus Burnley and Emmaus Preston.

“This is a unique new initiative to shine a light on the rising issue of homelessness in our communities. It won’t be an easy event to take part in but that’s the point – as well as raising money we want our fundraisers to gain a first-hand experience of what life is like for an increasing number of people in our region.”

“We are determined to continue utilising the Turf Moor stadium in imaginative ways to benefit the community, above and beyond matchdays. The size of the stadium means this is the ideal space to run an event like this – there is room for plenty of people to take part so we’re urging as many businesses as possible to join us.

“Emmaus and Jane’s Place are two organisations supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We’re proud that they will be directly benefitting from this new fundraising drive.”

Neil Hart, CEO of Burnley FC in the Community  

Burnley FC fans and supporters of the three charity beneficiaries are also encouraged to join business leaders for the first Turf Sleepout event.

Registration is £25 and fundraisers are asked to raise a minimum of £250.

To take part in Turf Sleepout, please register here.

To find out more about the event, please contact Siobhán McNamara on s.mcnamara@burnleyfc.com or call 01282 704716.

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