YMCA Derbyshire has announced that over a hundred local people and businesses will be joining Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey sleep rough at the County Ground in support of their annual Sleep East event.
Unprecedented numbers have signed up for this year's charity event hosted by Derbyshire County Cricket Club. It will be the second year that the Club has thrown open the gates of the County Ground for a second year in aid of the charity’s annual sponsored sleep-out on Friday 28th February.
YMCA Derbyshire is aiming to raise £19,000 to enable it to continue providing a safe front door to vulnerable young people. The sleep-out will be the charity’s fourth annual Sleep Easy event and they are asking local people, businesses, churches and other groups to take part themselves or support others who are.
The aim is simple; to spend a night challenging themselves to sleep rough while raising money to help change the lives of vulnerable young people locally. All the money raised will go directly to local YMCA Derbyshire projects to protect vulnerable young people facing homelessness, help them build brighter futures to give them a safe front door.
Simon Storey said: “We are delighted to support YMCA Derbyshire again by offering the County Ground as a venue for the event. Last year’s Sleep Easy was a great success, raising £14,000, but this year we hope they hit their target of £19,000.
“I will also this year be personally taking part in the event to show our support for this life-changing charity. We want to make a stand against youth homelessness which ruins lives and damages communities.
“We at Derbyshire County Cricket Club want to make a difference to the people of Derbyshire and we believe this event will go a long way in doing that.”
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For more information on Sleep Easy and to register, please phone 07849852290 or visit www.ymcaderbyshire.org.uk/sleepeasy. Or, if you want to make a direct donation to Team YMCA Derbyshire to help them reach the £19,000 target, you can do so via: www.ymcaderbyshire.org.uk/sponsorymcad
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