We are pleased to announce our annual Sleep Out with Norwich City and Ipswich Town Football Clubs providing the venues for this year’s events.

Taking place on Thursday 5th November, the Ipswich Sleep Out will be held at Ipswich Town Football Club, Portman Road with the Norwich Sleep Out taking place at Norwich City Football Club at Carrow Road on 19th November.

The annual Sleep Out fundraising events support our work in Norfolk and Suffolk to prevent youth homelessness by inviting people to spend one night sleeping outside so others don’t have to. Money raised through sponsorship helps their work to tackle the homelessness problem locally by providing a home and support to over 100 vulnerable young people aged 16 to 25 every night. We also gives them the skills they need so they can go on to forge independent lives.

Last year’s Sleep Out saw over 250 people take part, across the two events, raising over £100,000 – a record breaking amount for our charity and with the support of two of the biggest sporting names in the region, we hope to make Sleep Out 2020 even bigger.

Chris Elliott, Marketing and Fundraising Manager says: “We are delighted that Ipswich Town and Norwich City Football Clubs are both supporting Sleep Out 2020, enabling us to create a unique experience for the people who take part. We are thankful to both clubs for boosting our ambitions to make Sleep Out 2020 the best yet.”

We also support the education and career aspirations of the young people they support. This work helps to keep them off the streets to prevent the local homelessness problem growing. Money raised from previous Sleep Out events has helped young people to purchase items such as clothing for job interviews, bikes to get to college or work, workwear, and counselling to name just a few.

Joe* has been living in one of our accommodation centres since August 2019 aged just 17 following a breakdown in family relationships. Supported by the charity, he has developed in confidence and independent living skills and will soon be moving into a flat. Previously at risk of homelessness, he has been able to use some of the money raised from Sleep Out to purchase furniture for his new home.

“The future is looking a lot brighter now The Benjamin Foundation has given me the tools to go forward in life and I feel really blessed to have the staff help me. They are people who care about me and help with all my problems.” Joe says.

Former Ipswich Town footballer, Matt Holland is lending his support to Sleep Out this year. He says: “Having heard about the great work of The Benjamin Foundation to prevent youth homelessness in Suffolk, I encourage fans of Ipswich Town to get involved with this year’s Ipswich Sleep Out. It promises to be an eye-opening experience, which will have such an impact on the charity’s work, giving a home and support to local young people.”

Rosie Richardson, Ipswich Town Football Club’s Director of Sales stated: “We at Ipswich Town Football Club are delighted to be supporting The Benjamin Foundation’s Sleep Out 2020 by offering the use of the Stadium for the Ipswich Sleep Out event. It is a fantastic initiative and the charity itself provides vital support to those young, vulnerable people who need it.”

Former Norwich City footballer, Darren Huckerby says: “I’m pleased to be taking part in my second Sleep Out to support The Benjamin Foundation. Last year’s event was an eye-opening experience, which I was proud to be a part of. I would encourage fans of Norwich City to sign up for this year’s Sleep Out to support The Benjamin Foundation in their great work to prevent youth homelessness locally.”

Chris Elliott concludes: “We are now calling individuals and businesses who want to stop more local, vulnerable young people from ending up on the streets to sign up for Sleep Out 2020.”

Book your place for Sleep Out 2020 here: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/events/

Our visits to Rose Meadow Care Home mix the generations and it really works. Everybody looks forward to it and it builds links within our community.

Town Tots and Kidzone staff member

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