Warriors will again be hosting the Big Worcester Sleep Out to raise money for three homeless charities and awareness of homelessness.
For the third year running representatives of Warriors, Warriors Community Foundation, St Paul’s Hostel and Maggs Day Centre plus local politicians and business owners will sleep rough overnight at Sixways.
Last year over 120 people took part in the event with £36,000 raised in donations, which was distributed between Warriors Community Foundation’s Homeless Rugby Team, St Paul’s Hostel and Maggs Day Centre.
This year the Sleep Out is being sponsored by local firms Andrew Grant, and Lowe’s Solicitors with the aim to have at least 150 people sleep out on the evening and raising a target figure of £45,000.
This year’s Big Worcester Sleep Out will take place at Sixways on Thursday April 23 with the money raised again to be divided between the three charities.
Warriors players Chris Pennell, a former England full-back, and lock Justin Clegg joined representatives of the three charities to officially launch this year’s event on a cold and wet January day in the South Stand concourse at Sixways where the Sleep Out will again take place.
“Homelessness is such an important cause. There are so many people struggling in Worcester and anything we can do to raise awareness and money for the three charities can only help improve conditions for them,” Clegg said.
Kristian Stott, Chief Executive of Andrew Grant, said the Worcestershire estate agent want to help raise awareness of the issue of homelessness in Worcester.
“We want to raise awareness of the desperate issues in our city,” she said.
“Homelessness is one of society’s great challenges, which in today’s world seems so unnecessary and yet so hard to solve.
“Andrew Grant is privileged to sell some of the UK’s most beautiful homes, but we are always aware that there are many people who, for all sorts of reasons, aren’t lucky enough to have a roof over their head.”
Worcester-based Lowe’s Solicitors specialise in family law and caring for people in the local community.
“We are delighted to support The Big Worcester Sleep Out and do anything we can to help those less fortunate than ourselves,” said Tracy Lowe, Managing Director of Lowe’s Solicitors
“We ask everyone who reads this to support this event in any way possible.”
To sign up to this years event, or make a donation click here.