BIG Villa Sleep Out taking place in Villa Park this May
The Aston Villa Foundation has announced that a sponsored sleep out is to be held at Villa Park next month. Taking place in the Trinity Stand concourse on 18th May, fans are invited to take part in the BIG Villa Sleep Out to raise money in support of Birmingham’s homeless community.
⚠️BREAKING NEWS ⚠️
Villa Park will host a sponsored sleep out on 18 May!@AVFCOfficial fans are invited to take part in the BIG Villa Sleep Out and raise money for Birmingham's homeless community.
— Aston Villa Foundation (@AVFCFoundation) April 9, 2018
All funds raised will be used to buy essential items such as food, drinks and toiletries, which will then be packaged and distributed by some of the city’s homeless charities.
Head of Foundation, Guy Rippon said:
“The BIG Villa Sleep Out represents the first step in our commitment to provide continued, long-term support to Birmingham’s homeless community.
“A lot of us take sleeping in a warm bed every night for granted, and the sleep out is a great chance to raise money and offer support to those who aren’t so fortunate.”
The event follows on from the club’s food donation in March, when the postponement of Aston Villa v QPR led to Rippon overseeing the distribution of 700 packed lunches to a number of the city’s homeless charities.
The Sleep Out is free to take part in but participants will need to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship and be registered with the Foundation beforehand.
Cardboard mats will be provided for every participant but participants are recommended to bring a sleeping bag and warm clothes.
The event will begin at 9pm and ends at 7am the following morning, with the club providing breakfast and hot drinks for all participants.
To register your interest and sign up to take part in the BIG Villa Sleep Out, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.