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4 March 2020

Former Blue spotlights Sleep Out charity initiative at Portman Road

Former Town skipper Matt Holland is backing The Benjamin Foundation’s ‘Sleep Out’ fundraising event at Portman Road later this year to help prevent youth homelessness.

The annual ‘ Sleep Out’ supports The Benjamin Foundation’s charitable work in Norfolk and Suffolk to help youth homelessness by inviting people to spend one night sleeping outside so others don’t have to.

Money raised through sponsorship helps provide a home and support to over 100 vulnerable young people aged 16 to 25 every night. The Benjamin Foundation also gives them the skills they need so they can go on to forge independent lives.

Portman Road will be the venue for the Ipswich Sleep Out on 5 November  while Norwich’s Carrow Road will host the Norfolk Sleep Out on 19 November.

“Having heard about the great work of The Benjamin Foundation to prevent youth homelessness in Suffolk, I encourage fans of Ipswich Town to get involved with this year’s Ipswich Sleep Out,” said Matt.

“It promises to be an eye-opening experience, which will have such an impact on the charity’s work, giving a home and support to local young people.”

Last year’s Sleep Out saw over 250 people take part, across the two events, raising over £100,000 – a record breaking amount for The Benjamin Foundation and with the support of two of the biggest names in the region, they hope to make Sleep Out 2020 even bigger.

“We are delighted to be supporting The Benjamin Foundation Sleep Out 2020 by offering the use of the stadium for the Ipswich Sleep Out event,” said Town’s director of sales, Rosie Richardson.

“It is a fantastic initiative and the charity itself provides vital support to those young, vulnerable people who need it.”

Chris Elliott, marketing and fundraising manager at The Benjamin Foundation, added: “We are delighted that Ipswich Town and Norwich City are both supporting Sleep Out 2020, enabling us to create a unique experience for the people who take part. We are thankful to both clubs for boosting our ambitions to make Sleep Out 2020 the best yet.”

The Benjamin Foundation also supports the education and career aspirations of the young people they support. This work helps to keep them off the streets to prevent the local homelessness problem growing.

Each year the charity helps in the region of 2,000 people in Norfolk and Suffolk. They have provided over 40,000 safe nights for vulnerable young adults and in 2018/19 they helped 132 local young people move into employment, education or training.

To register for Ipswich Sleep Out 2020, click here

For more information about The Benjamin Foundation, click here

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