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A month to go until The Big Sleep Out comes to Mill Farm, in partnership with The Salvation Army!

Updated: Oct 23, 2023


Come and join AFC Fylde Community Foundation’s Big Sleep Out, in partnership with The Salvation Army, at Mill Farm on Friday 17th November.


Taking place on the North Stand terrace at the home of AFC Fylde, you must be over 18 to be a participant on the night.


The event will start at 7pm, with participants experiencing the same conditions homeless people face every day, until 7am on the Saturday morning. Breakfast and a warm drink will be provided.


Should you wish to take part, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag and appropriate warm clothing.


And alongside The Salvation Army, we will be highlight homelessness issues across Fylde, so why not get involved on the night, with all funds raised going towards the Foundation and Salvation Army.


Homelessness has continued to be an issue within the Fylde borough, with recent figures suggesting that 256 families were accepted as being homeless, while hundreds of people are sleeping rough in our local community.


Wesley Partington, Foundation Director of AFC Fylde Community Foundation, said: “We’re looking forward to hosting our first Big Sleep Out event at Mill Farm in partnership with The Salvation Army on Friday 17th November.


“It will provide an experience of what homeless people go through every day, it’s an important issue that is prominent in our local area, and we feel that our Big Sleep Out can help tackle and raise awareness of homelessness in Fylde.


“We are proud to support our local Salvation Army and the positive impact that they continue to have across Fylde."


Captain John Clifton, Church Leader of the Blackpool Salvation Army, which runs a day centre for rough sleepers across the Fylde Coast, The Bridge Project, added: “We’re thankful to AFC Fylde for opening its stadium doors to raise awareness of such an important issue as homelessness which affects so many across the Fylde coast.


“Most of us have never been homeless or slept outside and wondered how we will keep warm throughout the bitter temperatures as the hours pass, but by spending one night without luxuries and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone, we can provide a small insight into a big reality that many face daily, and the conditions they have to endure.


“The money raised from this event will go towards enabling The Salvation Army to continue the work we do daily, helping the most vulnerable members of our community.


“We can all come together as one in the fight against homelessness which reinforces the message that there is support out there, and with that support, the cycle of homelessness can be broken.”


If you want to get involved in The Big Sleep Out, please contact Michael.Whittle@afcfylde.co.uk!


Our Big Sleep Out JustGiving page can be found by CLICKING HERE


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