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Foundation supports 'CEO Sleepout'

By Ian Appleyard | 13th February 2019

York City Football Club Foundation will be supporting a 'CEO Sleepout' event at Bootham Crescent on April 11.

Big hearted business people from the local area will be swapping suits for sleeping bags and bedding down for a night under the stars to raise funds to fight poverty and homelessness in York.

The Foundation has been campaigning around the issues of homelessness in the city since late 2017 and has been involved in collections for warm clothing and sleeping bags and has raised funds with support from City fans.

The Foundation has made several donations of clothing and sleeping bags to various local charitable groups who work directly with rough sleepers; who support them in various ways including street kitchens, breakfasts, outreach work, food parcels and personal health support, plus aid for their pets and provision of items to help them get back on their feet and into accomodation.

The work of the Foundation has been aided by the club's main sponsor Benenden Health who have shown their full commitment to tackling this issue.

Four chief officers from Bendenden Health are taking part in the sleepout event and have awarded the Foundation a grant for the purchase of sleeping bags and food pallets.  

The aim is to establish more initiatives where people living on the streets can exchange their sleeping bags for clean ones, like the scheme created in partnership with Acomb-based 'Chill in the Community' last year.

The food pallets bought through the Benenden Health grant will support the Foundation’s Holiday Hunger project; combatting food poverty for families during school holidays.

Paula Stainton, YCFC Foundation Manager said: “Figures from Homeless Aid UK highlight a 170% increase in homelessness over the last two years. The rising number of rough sleepers and homeless people in our city is evident when you are out and about in the city centre.

"We have been blown away by what is taking place locally by volunteer led groups and hope that our efforts will not only raise funds to support organisations like KEY (Kitchen for Everyone York), but also raise awareness of the scope of their efforts.

"There is a joined up approach across the city with groups such as Carecent, HOPING, Lunar Project, Food not Bombs and so many more.”

Emma Keef, CSR & Engagement Co-ordinator at Benenden Health said: “We are proud to support the Foundation’s work with the homeless and vulnerable across York. By working together we can help make a positive difference to people's lives."

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