Burnley FC in the Community (BFCitC) is urging 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 (charity number: 1155856), homelessness charity Emmaus (charity number: 1064470) and SafeNet Domestic Abuse Service for Jane’s Place Women’s Refuge (charity number: 1091544).
All funds will come to Burnley FC in the Community in the first instance, with Burnley FC in the Community then handling the process of the three-way split. Upon your registration, we will be in touch to provide more information.
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.
Neil Hart said: “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.”
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. Please note you must be over 16 to take part.
To take part in Turf Sleepout, register here.
To find out more about the event, please contact Siobhán McNamara on email@example.com or call 01282 704716.
More information about the charities that will benefit from this fundraiser:
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 established in memory of Jane Clough who was killed by her ex-partner in 2010. 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.