Rochdale AFC’s Crown Oil Arena is hosting the Petrus Community’s annual charity sleepout later this week, on Friday 29th March 2019.
We're pleased to say that 30 people have signed up to take part so far, including Chief Executive David Bottomley, the Community Trust's Keith Hicks and Siobhan McElhinney, and Head of Academy Coaching Rick Ashcroft.
There's still time to get involved, but you'll have to be quick! Although registrations on the night might be accepted, Petrus would prefer you to sign up in advance, and have asked that you contact Hollie Walsh - firstname.lastname@example.org - on Thursday to put your name down. This is to ensure you receive an important information pack.
If you are taking part, please be aware that you need to bring your own warm clothes, boxes, sleeping bags and food for the evening.
Each year, Petrus invites the public to spend one night experiencing what it is like to sleep rough whilst raising funds for local charities. Armed with only a cardboard box, blankets and a sleeping bag, those who take part will also help to raise awareness of some of the issues faced by those who are homeless.
The sleepout will take place in the secured grounds of the Crown Oil Arena. It will be a safe and fun event, with access to toilets and refreshments available.
Sonia Denham, Deputy Head of Petrus said: “The Rochdale Sleepout is a fantastic event that raises thousands of pounds for local charities.
“Although it is nothing like really sleeping rough, it gives people an insight into what homelessness is really like, and the difficulties people have to face on a daily basis.
“The event will raise funds to support vulnerable people with mental health support needs, homelessness and substance misuse by providing opportunities such as training, social inclusion and support.
“It is also a really fun event. Although it’s tough, it’s a really enjoyable evening.”
As Petrus is part of Rochdale Mayor’s Charities, this event is also supporting:
• British Heart Foundation;
• Moorend Development Trust;
• Parkinson’s UK;
• Rochdale Community Partnership;
• Springhill Hospice.
To donate please contact Hollie.Walsh@Petrus.org.uk.
For more information visit www.petrus.org.uk.