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Stories shared and thousands of pounds raised for the YMCA Sleepout 2021

Thu 11 Nov 2021

A cold autumn evening near the end of October saw over 100 people gather to raise in excess of £20,000 for YMCA Burton with special guests at Pirelli stadium included Ben Robinson MBE DL, Chairman of Burton Albion Football Club and President of YMCA Burton. Mayor of East Staffordshire, Councillor Patricia Ackroyd.

They were amazed to see such a diverse range of people taking part and praised YMCA Burton for their efforts. YMCA Burton have since won YMCA of the year and their annual Sleepout was recognised as a key part of this decision.
 

Councillor Patricia Ackroyd. Mayor of East Staffordshire said:
“I first completed the Sleepout 10 years ago and when I was elected Mayor, I had to choose a local charity to support. The only choice for me was the YMCA Burton, they have run a local food bank for 20 years and now more than ever there is unfortunately such a great need for it.”

Ben Robinson, MBE DL, Chairman of Burton Albion Football Club and President of YMCA Burton said: “The life expectancy for homeless people living on the streets is tragically young, for a male it is 47 and for a female it is 43. What you are all doing at Sleepout is saving lives.”

Paul Laffey, CEO of YMCA Burton said:
“We are so humbled over 100 people joined us for Sleepout this year. This was a mixture of people sleeping at Pirelli Stadium and virtually too. After what has been a difficult 18months for many, we were so happy to see people walk through the gates once more to take part in our 13th Sleepout and have so far raised over £20,000 with donations and sponsorship money still to be collected.

We want to thank each and every one of you who took part, sponsored or volunteered on the night – we could not make this event, and the organisation as a whole, run without you – thank you.”

Amongst the brave sleep-outers was ex-resident Thomas Woods. Who was undertaking his second sleepout to help raise vital funds for the organisation. He said:
“Without Lee, Sue, Louise and all the other staff I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’ve been living in my own place for five years now and worked for over three years. My confidence wouldn’t exist without YMCA Burton and I’ve fundraised nearly £500 so far.”

It is clear that the work of YMCA Burton has been instrumental to many lives in the local community and the Sleepout is a fundamental part of maintaining their exceptionally high levels of care and provisions for the most vulnerable.

If you would like to donate to YMCA Burton so they can continue their vital work in the community you can do so via this link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?campaignId=18595&charityId=0