November 27, 2023

Successful sleepout for the Foundation

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation was delighted to raise £6,567 for our ongoing projects and Helping the Homeless Wakefield through our Trinity Under the Stars fundraiser.

On Friday night, over 30 people braved sub-freezing temperatures to sleep in the Be Well Support Stadium in a bid to raise more awareness of homelessness and the issues it currently poses.

2023 marked the second consecutive year of the sleepout, with the event last year raising an incredible £3000 for Helping the Homeless Wakefield, utilising schools and the community to donate clothes and food, to make sure that everyone is supported when they need it most.

With the success in the first year, Trinity Under the Stars returned with a bang, with a whole host of activities warming the participants throughout the night.

As Friday was one of the coldest nights of the year so far, teas and coffees were provided by the club, with Wakefield Street Kitchen coming in to supply hotdogs, salads and refreshments, with Warburtons supplying a helping hand.

Live music from Wakefield-based pop choir Local Vocals and Amber Falls were on hand to provide some much-needed entertainment, with members also staying out to brave the cold and see the event through.

Special guest appearances from Danny Kirmond, Mathieu Cozza, Oli Pratt and Professional Boxer Dom Hunt as well as a quiz rounded off the evening’s proceedings before it was lights out at 11:30pm.

Speaking on the evening, event organiser, William Moore, said, “The amount of money raised and the number of people getting involved was fantastic.

“That is the most money we have ever raised throughout a single fundraiser and for such a worthwhile cause.

“I cannot thank everyone who came along enough for their support, even more so with the temperature.”

With over £6000 raised, the funds will be split between the Foundation and our work in the community amongst all three of our departments and Helping the Homeless Wakefield as they continue to work towards their objectives.

According to government statistics over 2000 people were homeless in Wakefield in 2022, with 657 of them sleeping rough. Throughout this initiative, we hope that we have managed to make a small difference in people’s mindsets.

To hear about the work Helping the Homeless do, please click HERE. Also, we would like to thank everyone who supported, donated and played a part in Friday’s sleepout. You have made a real impact.

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