Burnley Council bosses are joining business leaders and Burnley FC fans from across the region in the first Turf Sleepout event at Turf Moor.
More than 50 big-hearted business people and Clarets supporters have already pledged to spend one night sleeping out in the Turf Moor stadium, with thousands of pounds already raised for the three charities set to benefit from the initiative; the club’s official charity, Burnley FC in the Community, homelessness charity Emmaus Burnleyand SafeNet domestic abuse service for Jane’s Place women’s refuge.
Council leader Councillor Mark Townsend and the authority’s chief operating officer Lukman Patel are amongst those already signed up to the event. Others include business leaders from Burnley FC, Lancashire County Council, Lush, VEKA, Nelson and Colne College and Spencer Hayes Group.
Organisers are still keen to encourage more people to sign up and take part, to help those who need it most in our community.
The event takes place on Friday 12th October from 7pm to 7am (Saturday 13th October). 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 visit bookonline.burnleyfccommunity.org/turf_sleepout_registration
To find out more about the event, please contact Sinead Kennedy-Peers on firstname.lastname@example.org call 01282 704716.
Coun. Townsend said: “I’m happy to be supporting these three local charities who do fantastic work to help those who find themselves in difficult personal circumstances through no fault of their own.”
Mr Patel added: “It’s hard to properly appreciate the challenges and difficulties some people face on a daily basis. These three charities provide life-saving support to the most vulnerable members of society. As well as raising money, the Sleepout will help awareness of the support that is available locally for people in need.”
Neil Hart, chief executive officer at Burnley FC in the Community, said: “We are delighted Councillor Mark Townsend and chief operating officer Lukman Patel are joining us for the Turf Sleepout. It’s not going to be easy, but the evening will raise significant funds for three local charities. It’s fantastic to have their support.”
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.