Stoke City Sleep Out Set to Raise Thousands for Homeless Charities

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Stoke City football club host their fourth annual Sleep Out again tonight at the Bet365 Stadium.

Participants at the event will get first-hand experience of life out on the streets overnight.

They will be provided with a cardboard mat to sleep on, hot soup, beverages and refreshments throughout the night and hot oatcake in the morning.

Last years volunteers said they had only done it for one night and had woke up having only a couple hours sleep as it had been so cold.

They can only imagine what it must be like for those who are doing it seven days a week.

The annual event aims to raise money for three local homeless charities, including the Macari Centre.

Last year’s event raised £32,000 and the organisers are aiming to raise even more this year.

Steve Hunt, Stoke City in the Community Fundraising Officer, said: “We are just trying to do our little bit to help these foundations and churches that open for nights.”

None of the current Stoke City players will be taking part as they are travelling to Hull for their away game tomorrow.

However, Andy Wilkinson, Clive Clarke and a couple of other ex-Potters’ players are set to join the other 200 participants at the event.

Adrian Hurst, Head of the Stoke City Community Trust, said: “Homelessness is a problem that affects cities across the United Kingdom and we’re no different here in Stoke-on-Trent.”

Anybody over the age of 13 can take part in the event, but those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants are encouraged to raise a minimum of £100 through fundraising.

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