SAFC star roughs it to help charity

Wes Brown launching Sleep Out
Wes Brown launching Sleep Out
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Black Cat Wes Brown swapped his strip for a sleeping bag.

The SAFC defender was at the Stadium of Light today to raise awareness of Sleep Out, which will see participants sleep under the stars on November 12 for charity.

Wes Brown launching Sleep Out

Wes Brown launching Sleep Out

The event will raise money for youth homelessness charity Centrepoint and Foundation of Light.

The 35-year-old joined young people who stay at Centrepoint’s hostels to launch the event, which will be held at the home of the Black Cats.

Wes said: “The Stadium Sleep Out is a great way for SAFC fans to raise money for projects that help young people affected by homelessness in this area.

“There are lots of vulnerable young people in Sunderland who will benefit from this event and I would encourage people to sign up and be a part of it.”

Wes Brown launching Sleep Out

Wes Brown launching Sleep Out

Participants on the night will also have the chance to tour the stadium and enjoy food and live entertainment as part of the national fundraiser, which is now in its tenth year.

Martin Gill, director of housing and support at Centrepoint, said: “I’ve been a Sunderland fan all my life and I’m so proud the club is supporting Sleep Out. Too many young people still find themselves with no option but to sleep rough, in danger, exposed to the elements and at risk of damaging their physical and mental health.

“Sleep Out doesn’t try to replicate that experience, but it gives us all a chance to help young people find the two things they need most to turn their lives around – a safe home and a job.

“Please get a team of colleagues or friends together and join us in November. Let’s pack the Stadium of Light and give homeless young people a better future.”

Centrepoint and its partners work with 185 homeless young people in Sunderland, providing not only a safe place to stay, but also vital help in tackling physical and mental health problems caused by homelessness and support in finding a job or a route back into education.

Foundation of Light, the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, hosts one of only 10 Homeless FA training centres in the UK working with those experiencing homelessness and helps people in some of the most deprived areas of the UK.

All of the money raised from the Sleep Out will be divided equally between Centrepoint and Foundation of Light.

•Registration for this year’s Sleep Out is £20. To join Foundation of Light and Centrepoint in November visit www.centrepoint.org.uk/sleepout or contact Amy Gormanley at a.gormanley@centrepoint.org