Bramall Lane is used to the cheer of the football fans but on Friday 13th March it will be filled with the sounds of snoring as supporters of St Wilfrid's Centre take to the stands for the night to 'sleep out', braving the elements to help raise funds for the much loved local charity.
In it's third year, St Wilfrid's Sleep Out which chooses different locations each year, challenges people to get out of their comfort zone to sleep on the ground, to experience for one night, what it is like to be away from the comfort of their own home, to help raise awareness around the issues of homelessness. This year, United's Bramall Lane will host the sleep out.
Expecting to attract record numbers of participants, drawn from supporters and local businesses, the event aims to raise over £25,000 to help pay for the salary of a welfare worker, to work with vulnerable adults and rough sleepers.
Leading a team from SUFC is Stephen Bettis, Chief Executive Officer "On behalf of the board, we are delighted to lend our support to this fantastic project. Along with our vice-presidents, I will be sleeping out and closer to the event we hope to be able to announce further members of the club also taking part. Sheffield United FC has a long history in assisting with the wonderful work that takes place just down the road at the St Wilfrid's Centre and the 2020 Sleepout reinforces our strong partnership within the local community."
Stephen will be joined by the club's Vice Presidents Graham Moore, Darren Baker, Mark Ross and Martin Green.
Louise Finnigan, St Wilfrid's Interim Director said: "Spending the night outside is always a challenge for anyone but those taking part in this event can go back to the comforts of their own home. We work with people at the Centre daily who aren't so fortunate. We know first-hand how destructive sleeping rough is to people's mental health and over all well-being. This event will help raise much needed money to pay for the salary of one of our welfare workers, who provides one to one support to people who live on the streets or live in temporary accommodation and support them getting involved in a wide variety of life enhancing skills and activities that we run here at the Centre or getting back on their feet. The need for our services is greater today than it has ever been and by taking part in the Sleep Out you are helping support the needs of some of Sheffield's most vulnerable adults."
The event will see other key community members and some centre clients taking part and will play host to a couple of special memorable moments over the course of the evening, yet to be revealed.
Places for the 'sleep out' are limited and are strictly via online registration only via stwilfridscentre.org/events
Registration is £20 per person. Participants are encouraged to raise over £50 in sponsorship. The challenge will take place on Friday 13th March 2020. 100% of funds raised will go to St Wilfrid's Centre.
All running costs will be covered by the generous support of Westfield Health ensuring every penny raised will make a difference.