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LancsLive to partner Sleep Out for Blackburn

LancsLive will be partnering with Blackburn Rovers Community Trust for next month's Sleep Out for Blackburn to help raise money for some of the most vulnerable in society in March.

Volunteers from Blackburn Rovers, Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, LancsLive and the public will be sleeping out at Ewood Park on Friday 27th March to raise vital funds for the Community Trust and Blackburn Foodbank.

Entry is open to individuals, groups and businesses, with each person asked to raise a minimum of £100 towards the fundraising tally.

Jess Clegg, events and fundraising officer at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, is delighted to have the backing of LancsLive - the fast-growing county-wide news website from Reach PLC - for this year’s event, and said:

“We’re thrilled to have a heightened media profile for this year’s Sleep Out, with LancsLive able to offer even greater reach for the concept and hopefully increase the participation levels and donations for this vital local cause.

“It’s admirable to see the LancsLive team being willing to undergo the challenge themselves, really getting to the heart of the story and sharing that understanding and empathy of what the idea stands for and who benefits from it.

“We can’t wait to work in partnerships to share the tales behind the participants and ensure that the widest possible audience knows why this fundraiser is returning to Ewood Park this year.”

The first ‘Sleep Out’ in November 2018 raised £25,374.04 from the fundraising undertaken by 140 participants, with the money split between organisers Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and local homeless shelter Nightsafe, allowing both charities to support activities in aid of the homeless population in the local area.

Luke Beardsworth, editor of LancsLive, said:

"We are happy to be partnering with the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust for their sleep out this year. Blackburn Foodbank does exceptional work but in 2020 it shouldn't be so vital that they have to do so.

"I am grateful we will be able to play a small part to help local people who are in crisis."

Registration for Sleep Out for Blackburn 2020 is now open for anyone aged 12 or over – though please note that anyone between the ages of 12 and 17 inclusive must be registered and accompanied by an adult, who will be responsible for that child’s welfare.

The deadline for registrations is 5pm on Friday 20th March and a full volunteer pack will be distributed to each volunteer via email following their registration.

The event has a set capacity of 200 volunteers on a first-come, first-served basis. For clarification on any queries you may have regarding the event, please contact Jess via jess.clegg@brfctrust.co.uk or call 01254 508122.