Please get involved in fundraising sleep-out – and donate if you can!

Please get involved in fundraising sleep-out – and donate if you can!

The club’s overnight sleep-out event for two worthwhile causes is drawing ever nearer.

The fundraiser will be held at Mariners Park on Saturday, February 11, with those taking part to sleep out on the pitch at the ground in the all-night event.

Funds will be raised at the event for two charities – Hospitality and Hope, and North East Athletic.

Sponsorship forms can be downloaded by clicking here: Sponsorship form – SSFC overnight sleep-out event.

Some of the Mariners’ first-team players have already agreed to take part, as have club staff.

The club is now asking supporters and members of the community to come forward to participate, too, with the hope being that they will secure sponsorships from family and friends.

An online fundraising page, from which the proceeds will go to Hospitality and Hope, has been set up. Donations can be made by clicking here.

The funds raised will be split between the two organisations.

There will also be an equal split for funds raised at the game against Chester-le-Street Town on February 11, with a bucket collection to be held.

Hospitality and Hope is a South Shields-based organisation, which helps those in need, including the homeless.

It operates a soup kitchen and food bank in the borough.

North East Athletic is a sports club for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction in the region, some of whom are homeless.

SSFC sleepout 2Among the South Shields players who have already agreed to take part in the event are Jon Shaw, Carl Finnigan and Barrie Smith.

Barrie said: “When I heard that the club was putting on this event, I immediately wanted to get involved.

“Hopefully, we will be able to raise plenty of funds for two really good causes.

“We also want to raise awareness of the two charities, and the difficulties lots of people go through on a daily basis.

“This must be such a difficult time of year for those people, particularly those without a home.

“This event will just give us a very small taste of what it must be like.

“Hopefully, plenty of people will get involved and join us on the pitch.

“I’m sure it will be good fun and I’m looking forward to it.”

The sleep-out will come just hours after Shields have taken on Chester-le-Street Town in a Northern League Division One match at Mariners Park.

There will also be a bucket collection for the two charities at that game.

The event will start at about 8pm that night, and continue through until about 7am on the Sunday at Mariners Park.

All are welcome to attend on the night.

We really hope you can join us at Mariners Park to support what should be a fun – and very worthwhile – event.

Bring sleeping bags, boxes, whatever you like!

To find out more about Hospitality and Hope, click here.

To find out more about North East Athletic, click here.

Images courtesy of Stu Norton/Shields Gazette.