Barnsley residents invited to spend the night at Oakwell Stadium to support Youth Homeless Charity 50th Anniversary Sleep Out, on November 14.
Barnsley Football Club and Centrepoint are inviting local businesses and residents to take on the challenge of swapping their bed for a sleeping bag for one night in November to raise awareness and vital funds for youth homelessness.
The Sleep Out event, now in its third year, is expecting to surpass last year’s efforts where over 100 local residents spent the night in Oakwell Stadium and collectively raised over £35,000.
The money raised at the event will go directly towards the local services supporting homeless young people in Barnsley; ensuring young people in each town and city can have safe and stable accommodation, the skills needed to live independently, support with their physical and mental health alongside access to training and education.
Centrepoint, the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity, supports more than 60 homeless young people every day in Barnsley, and over 200 across Yorkshire.
Chloe Sykes, Centrepoint’s Senior Fundraising Officer, said: “While Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate the reality of homelessness, taking part in can help highlight just some of the difficulties faced by young people who face homelessness. Sleeping on the floor, dealing with the cold and the noise and then facing the next day with very little sleep.
“The event only lasts one night the money raised will have a huge ongoing impact on those who unfortunately find homelessness as their reality. It will help to support vulnerable young people to gain the skills and confidence they need to move on in to education, work and a home.
“This year marks Centrepoint’s 50th year in service so we want to make this year our biggest Sleep Out yet!”
The event takes place on Thursday 14th November at the home stadium of Barnsley FC.