For the ninth year running Aldershot Town FC are delighted to host the annual fundraiser, Step by Step’s Big Sleep Out Challenge on Friday 21st June at 7PM.
Aldershot Town FC EBB Stadium’s East Bank steps will once again be hosting an array of sleeping bags, blankets and a ‘cardboard city’ to support local charity Step by Step’s annual Sleep Out. This hugely successful partnership has to date raised more than £80,000 to transform the lives of more than 1,800 young people facing hardship or homelessness each year. The family-friendly event raises awareness and funds to support local young people facing homelessness and hard times.
Shots staff and directors will join those sleeping out for the largest fundraising event in the Aldershot-based charity’s fundraising calendar. Sleep Out invites people to swap their beds for one night for the cold, hard floor under the roof of the famous EBB Stadium terrace.
Sleep Out, sponsored this year by Beta Safety Systems, is a night on which people of all ages challenge themselves to raise vital funds and awareness for Step by Step. More than 170 people took part last year.
Step by Step CEO Ben Harman, said: “Even in a relatively affluent area, there are many young people from Surrey and Hampshire who are forced out of their homes by their parents, or who leave to protect their own well-being. For the past 21 years, Step by Step has provided a bed to sleep in, support and counselling to those young people, with plenty of help so that they can pick up the pieces and move on with their lives.”
Shots Chairman Shahid Azeem, said: “We are proud to once again host Step by Step’s fantastic and unique approach to helps raise awareness to homelessness in our local community.
“Having taken part in previous years it’s fascinating to witness first hand what Step by Step do to help the growing concern of homelessness in young people. We look forward to hosting them once more.”
Sleep Out 2019 promises to be the biggest and best event with an outdoor cinema screening, live music, wood-fired pizzas, face-painting, competitions and lots more! Registration is £12 for adults, £10 for children and £38 for a group of 4, with further discounts for groups of 10 or more.
Get sponsored to sleep out so that young people don’t have to! Join Step by Step and help improve the lives of vulnerable young people by signing up now: www.stepbystep.org.uk/sleepout
Step by Step works across Hampshire, Surrey and West Berkshire, a region in which well over 2,000 young people are regularly sleeping rough. The charity provides accommodation, specialist support services, training and employment opportunities to 16-24 year olds facing homelessness and other difficulties in their lives.