"I am pleased to do all I can to raise awareness of the incredibly important issue of youth homelessness in our region.”

The High Sheriff of Norfolk, Michael Gurney DL has pledged his support to a our annual fundraising event by committing to spend one night sleeping outside to help end youth homelessness.

Supporting our annual ‘Sleep Out’ event, the High Sheriff will be spending a night under the stars at Norwich City Football Club on Thursday 11th November as our popular fundraising event returns. It was unable to take place in 2020 due to the pandemic.

We provide a safe home and support to over 100 local young people every night.

With an estimated 121,000 young people facing homelessness in the UK last year (source: Centrepoint), we aim to help more local vulnerable young people into successful, independent living by providing a safe home and support to learn essential life skills, such as cooking and budgeting, as well as supporting their education and career aspirations while building their resilience and self-esteem. This vital work gives young people stability, new opportunities and prevents the street homelessness problem from growing.

While Sleep Out does not aim to replicate homelessness, it does give participants a small glimpse of just some of the challenges homeless people may face.

With over 250 people taking part in Sleep Out 2019, raising over £100,000 the High Sheriff welcomes the opportunity to support his local community, alongside many other individuals and teams from businesses who are also participating in Sleep Out 2021 to help local young people to finally feel hopeful of a better future.

The High Sheriff says: “I am delighted to be supporting The Benjamin Foundation Norwich Sleep Out this year at Carrow Road, the home of Norwich City Football Club. The charity does such worthwhile work with young people in our local community and I am pleased to do all I can to raise awareness of the incredibly important issue of youth homelessness in our region.”

Norwich City Football Club Business and Project Director Zoe Ward said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Sleep Out once again and we look forward to seeing as many people as possible outside Carrow Road on the night of November 11th.”

The Benjamin Foundation Event Manager Jessica Glover says: “We are thrilled that the High Sheriff of Norfolk, Michael Gurney DL is joining us for Norwich Sleep Out this year. He will be joining many others in spending one night outside so young people in Norfolk and Suffolk don’t have to, raising money and awareness to help end youth homelessness.”

Jessica continues: “We are grateful to all those who are supporting The Benjamin Foundation Sleep Out 2021. It promises to be an inspiring and thought-provoking event, with fundraising helping to provide local young people with the right help at the right time.”

There is still time to register for Norwich Sleep Out 2021, which takes place on Thursday 11th November at Norwich City Football Club, Carrow Rd. We are keen to hear from individuals, friends and local businesses who are looking for a unique team-building event.

Register for Norwich Sleep Out 2021here: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/event/norwich-sleep-out-2021/

For enquiries or questions, please email [email protected]

(Pictured L-R: Norwich City Football Club Business and Project Director, Zoe Ward, High Sheriff of Norfolk, Michael Gurney DL, The Benjamin Foundation Event Manager, Jessica Glover)

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