A number of Northampton Town Football Club staff are preparing to sleep rough at Sixfields on Friday night to support one of the club's official charity partners.
Chief Executive James Whiting, Commercial and Marketing Manager Caroline Lucy, Lisa Hust (Sales Executive), Julia Berrill (Commercial Administrator), Kim Birtwistle (Community Assistant), Charlotte Hyams (Marketing Assistant) and mascot Clarence the Dragon, will brave the freezing cold conditions of a freezing January night to sleep rough in support of the Northampton Hope Centre's Big Sleep Out 2018.
The event will see around 200 people sponsored to sleep rough for one night, to raise awareness of those being forced to sleep rough as well as important finances for the work of the Northampton Hope Centre, to help them keep supporting the homeless in Northampton.
“We have been working closely with the Hope Centre in various ways for several years,” said James Whiting.
“They do a tremendous job in providing vital help for homeless people and we are only too pleased to host this event.
"I know it is not going to be easy but it will be good to have an understanding with those who have to do this day on day, and to understand close at hand what they have to go through.”
“This is our main fund-raising event of the year and the money raised will go straight into the running of the Centre," said Tanya Haji-Miller from the Hope Centre.
“We are very grateful to Northampton Town Football Club for hosting this event and to their staff for taking part."
Those wishing to can sponsor James at justgiving.com/fundraising/jameswhitingsleepout2018 while if anyone else wants to join the numbers sleeping rough at Sixfields for one night, they should please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.