Nearly 100 people have pledged to give up their warm and cozy beds for the night to experience what it is like to be without a home.
The annual sleep-out is Burton YMCA's biggest fundraising event of the year and so far nearly 100 people have signed up to sleep in cardboard boxes at Pirelli Stadium on Friday, October 29.
The first Sleepout event was in 2009 at Burton Rugby Club, before moving to Pirelli Stadium. Last year, due to covid, the charity held their first virtual Sleepout.
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This year they have a dual offer, with the in-person event at Pirelli stadium and a virtual option so more of the community can get involved on the night while still being able to take covid precautions.
The funds raised go straight to Burton YMCA, which offers mediation and counseling, a food bank, accommodation and more to people in Burton and the surrounding areas.
Those thinking of taking part in sleeping in a cardboard box are recommended to layer up their clothing, bring a sleeping bag, a roll mat, a snack and a bottle of water.
Those signed up to the Pirelli event will be supplied with soup and hot drinks by the soup kitchen. The YMCA said it was encouraging more people to sign up to the event and is checking and risk-assessing covid compliance weekly to ensure everyone is safe.
Paul Laffey, CEO of Burton YMCA, said: "We are in our 13th year of sleepout and one night in a cardboard box really can make a lifetime of difference. We are so grateful to everyone who has signed up.
"We are encouraging everyone to get involved in their own way either by signing up to come to Pirelli Stadium as a volunteer or as a fundraiser, or to fundraise virtually from your own back garden.
"A diverse range of people always come together for this event with more families than ever signing up to take part this year. I am incredibly proud of all of my staff team and their efforts that are going in to make this event a success.
"Together we can rise to the challenge and make this sleepout the best one yet."
Burton YMCA added that they are grateful for their local businesses and community groups who have already pledged their support for the event.
Marie Adams, from Musk Engineering Swadlincote, said: "We had a great experience raising money for the YMCA sleepout in 2019; we raised an amazing amount of money, and we want to try and replicate that again this year.
"We really got a feel for how tough it is sleeping rough and the amazing work that the YMCA do to help people in the local and national areas.
"The YMCA is a local charity to us and we aspire to make the sleepout a yearly charity fundraising tradition in our business raising as much as we can each year to help a worthy cause."
More information on the YMCA and Sleepout is available by clicking here.