Huddersfield Town's Big Sleep Out raises over £40,000 for local homeless causes

Dean Hoyle, along with 150 other fundraisers including Viessmann Area Business Manager James Carter, took part in the inaugural ‘Big Sleep Out’ at The John Smith’s Stadium on Friday 9th March, raising well over £40,000 for local homeless causes.

Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle, alongside Town Foundation Trustees Janet Hoyle, Sean Jarvis and Ann Hough, joined local dignitaries and supporters to brave the outdoors and raise money for local homeless causes, including local charity Huddersfield Mission.

The evening began with fundraisers descending on a rainy John Smith’s Stadium, to begin preparations for a night of braving the elements in one of the stands.

Participants were given the option of sleeping either on the concourse or on the floor of the stand, with most opting to sleep between the seats overlooking the playing surface at the Stadium, which was gloriously lit up by the heat lamps on the pitch.

Before settling down for the night, all participants took a seat in the stand to hear speeches from Huddersfield Town’s Commercial Director Sean Jarvis, Town Foundation’s Operations and Events Manager Julie Sheffield and Paul Bridges from Huddersfield Mission, before a special message on the Big Screen from Huddersfield Town First Team Players and Staff, who were tucked up in bed ahead of the game against Swansea City the following day.

Participants were asked to raise £100 to take part, with 100% of all money raised going directly to help causes, with any costs from the event covered by Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle.Fundraisers were kept warm with hot drinks and soup in the evening, before being woken up in the morning by the smell of hot sandwiches.

Operations and Events Manager Julie Sheffield commented:

“I would like to thank everyone for coming along and helping raise so much money at the Big Sleep Out. Everyone enjoyed the event and there was a great sense of togetherness, one of the great attributes about the Football Club across the board.

James Carter raised £700, and with gift aid his total amount raised was £838.75. It is not too late to donate to this cause.

James said "It was an extremely cold and wet night, it rained all the way through the night and the only thing which kept me dry was some cardboard. I managed to get around 3 hours sleep overall. It was an extremely lonely experience, giving everyone time to think and realise how hard it would, be to have no option but to do this every night."