Leeds United fans help city’s homeless with big sleep out

The event's launch at Leeds Trinity.
The event's launch at Leeds Trinity.
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Leeds United fans are being urged to support the city’s homeless by getting behind an away fixture with a difference.

More than 100 volunteers are expected to sleep ‘out’ overnight in an event taking place at the Trinity Leeds centre next month.

Funds raised will go to help the work being done by the Leeds United Foundation – the football club’s charitable arm – to steer young people away from a life on the streets.

Volunteers preparing to swap their beds for blankets on the night include United legend Eddie Gray and Coronation Street actor Colson Smith, a keen Leeds fan.

And today Whites supporters were encouraged to follow their lead and sign up for the event, which is being backed by Marks & Spencer and the His Church charity.

Foundation chief executive Mick Ferguson said: “Leeds is one of the very best cities in the UK but there is the increasing challenge of children and young people facing homelessness.

“We want to pull together and make sure that they don’t have to face it as an option.

“The Big United Sleep Out will help raise all-important funds so that we can support them and give them hope, guidance and opportunities that they desperately need.”

To sign up for February 18’s fundraiser, e-mail sleepout@leedsunited.com or ring 0113 367 6014.

Registration is free and volunteers will each receive two tickets to a United home game.

Looking ahead to the event, Leeds hero Eddie said: “I’m delighted to be helping the foundation support children and young people to stay off the streets.”

Colson added: “I’d encourage as many people across the city as possible to volunteer, join us for the sleep out and raise as much as they can to help this great cause.”