Bramall Lane to be used for sponsored sleep-out

(L-R) Blades players Mark Howard, Marc McNulty, Chris Basham and John Brayford give their backing to a sleep-out event at Bramall Lane.
(L-R) Blades players Mark Howard, Marc McNulty, Chris Basham and John Brayford give their backing to a sleep-out event at Bramall Lane.
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Sheffield United bosses are allowing Bramall Lane to be used for a sponsored sleep-out event to raise money for city charities.

Players and staff at United are urging fans and members of the public to take part in the event to raise cash for Roundabout and St Wilfred’s Centre, which both support homeless people.

Goalkeeper Mark Howard said: “This is another exciting first for Bramall Lane and we are pleased that we can support two of our partner charities by doing the sleep-out.

“Becoming homeless can happen to anyone. I have been involved with St Wilfrid’s on a number of occasions and have seen the difference they make and I know Roundabout does some great work with younger people as well.

“I am sure that this will be a great success and anyone wishing to take part will need to register early.”

United’s operations director, Dave McCarthy, said: “We are proud to be partnering with two local charities to host this unique event.

“It is hoped the sleep out at Bramall Lane will raise awareness of the ever increasing problem of homelessness and raise the profile for these two very deserving charities.”

Those taking part in the event on Friday, April 10 are encouraged to bring cardboard and sleeping bags to spend the night at Bramall Lane.

There will be special guests and entertainment and sleeping zones will be set up around the pitch and concourse.

As an incentive to take part, anyone who registers before February 28 will be entitled to a free ticket for United’s League One fixture v Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, March 28.

Money raised will be shared between Roundabout, which provides help to more than 150 homeless young people in Sheffield aged 16-25 every day and St Wilfrid’s Centre, which support homeless and vulnerable adults.

Registration for the event opens on February 12.

For more information visit: http://www.active.com/sheffield-southyorkshire/races/sleepout-united-2015