Burton Albion Community Trust’s Head of Community, Matt Hancock, will be taking on a cycling challenge with a twist to support Burton YMCA’s Sleep Out 2019 on Friday 8th November.
Matt will be completing a 60-mile round trip from the Pirelli Stadium alongside former BACT Education Manager, Wayne Chadfield.
The route includes visits to Derbyshire YMCA’s Key College, Nottinghamshire YMCA’s Youth and Community Centre, and Burton YMCA’s Reconnect centre, before returning to the Pirelli Stadium to face the elements as Matt and Wayne join the Sleep Out.
Last year’s Sleep Out saw 240 people take part over two venues; the Pirelli Stadium – where people chose to sleep in the concourses or outside the ground, and St Modwen’s church in the graveyard, to raise funds to help the town’s homeless and raise awareness on the demands on homelessness services and provisions that appear to be increasing.
Paul Laffey, Burton YMCA Chief Executive, said: “The money raised from the Sleep Out makes a massive difference to the YMCA in supporting the most vulnerable people in our community. We support up to 10,000 people each year across all of our services. The funds raised helps us to transform lives.
“Burton Albion Community Trust has always been a big supporter of our work and we have worked closely on a number of projects in the past. Both Matt & Wayne have participated in a Sleep Out before but we were delighted to hear that they wanted to add the cycling twist this year.
Paul added: “Not only will it enable them to find out more about other YMCA’s but will also highlight that people often have to travel to access help and support if it is not available in their local area.
“We are very grateful that they have chosen to support us again this year and look forward to tracking their journey on the day and returning to Reconnect after their ride.”
Funds raised by previous sleep outs have supported Burton YMCA’s Reconnect Centre which provides an around the clock service available seven days a week. Clients can benefit from on-site facilities including a lounge, shower, laundry room and counselling service.
Derbyshire YMCA’s Key College provides a range of accredited training courses for young people aged 16-18 and up to 24 in some instances with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
Nottinghamshire YMCA’s Youth and Community Centre is a hub for family and friends to get together and engage in fun activities and team sports.
To support this worthy cause please donate online at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=Sleepout19
All support is massively appreciated and helps to make a huge difference to the lives of people living in Burton.
How to take part in the Sleep Out
Anyone wishing to find out more about Sleep Out or to register can do so by clicking here.
Sleep Out costs £10 per adult and £5 for under 18s (who must have permission and be accompanied by an adult).
Alternatively please contact Paula Senior, fundraising officer at YMCA Burton, on 01283 538802 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information: https://www.burtonymca.org/sleep-out/