Sleeping rough

A cold November night saw 10 Veka UK employees join the annual Turf Sleepout to raise funds and awareness for three regional charities tackling homelessness.

Fundraisers braved the low temperatures on 15 November to sleep pitchside at the Burnley FC Ground for the benefit of Burnley FC in the Community, Emmaus Burnley, and SafeNet Domestic Abuse Service for Jane’s Place Women’s Refuge.

The Veka team beat their fundraising target of £2,500, with a total so far of £3,320 (and counting).

This is the second consecutive year that Veka UK marketing director, Dawn Stockell, has taken part, saying: “Last year, around 50 people joined in the first Turf Sleepout which occurred during Storm Callum. This year was slightly drier, but we definitely needed to wrap up in our warmest coats! 65 people spent the night pitchside to raise funds to tackle homelessness, and together we raised over £25,000.

“What can I say – it was cold and uncomfortable! But that’s precisely the point, isn’t it? We were sponsored to do this for just one night, and it’s heartbreaking to think that people go through this every day. The homelessness statistics across the UK are extremely alarming, and the North West is no exception. That’s why my colleagues and I were proud to come together and do our part to help three fantastic charities in the valuable work they do to combat this situation.”