Four weeks ago, on Friday 8th November; 227 people spent the night in a cardboard box so that others don’t have to in a bid to raise much needed funds for YMCA Burton.
The mix of adults and children ranging from the ages of 4 to 76 years old gave up their beds for one night over two venues; the home of Burton Albion Football team, Pirelli Stadium, and St Modwens graveyard in the town centre.
On Thursday the Charity held their annual “Reveal” evening where we heard from Burton Albion Football Club Chairman and YMCA Burton Present Ben Robinson, Sleepouter and volunteer Ellen Beard, Mayor Cllr. Colin Wileman, and CEO Paul Laffey before revealing the total amount raised was a whooping £47,962!!!
Fundraising Officer Paula Senior said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the amount of money raised from Sleepout 19. This has only been made possible with the help of 227 people who gave up their bed for the night during sub-zero temperatures and for all their fundraising efforts. Also it has been wonderful that so many people have shared our story which has helped us to raise awareness of homelessness and the breadth of services we provide. Thanks to Burton Albion Football Club for hosting our event and sponsoring the boxes and breakfast for all participants. Also thanks to the businesses who sponsored us and local supporters for donations received towards our final total of £47, 962. This will help to make a difference to many people who seek help through our support services.”
CEO of YMCA Burton, Paul Laffey who this year completed his 11th Sleepout this year, he said: “I am delighted with the amount raised – it shows such wonderful support we have in our community.
A huge thanks to the Staff and Volunteers who make this such a great event, it is always great to hear people’s stories and their motivation for taking part.
This was my 11th Sleepout and it was as exciting as the first so here’s to the 12th in 2020!”
The Charity does not close for Christmas and it’s services at Reconnect for rough sleepers and foodbank will be open as usual from 9am – 10pm and the Winter Night Shelter will be open as usual until March 31st.
Photo: Ben Robinson, Mayor Cllr. Colin Wileman, Margaret Collier, Paul Laffey, Ellen Beard & Natasha Aishford.