Ten Veka UK employees from departments across the company, are revving up for a Friday night out with a difference, as they prepare to join the Turf Moor Sleepout.
November 15 will see the team braving the cold and sleeping by the Burnley FC pitch, all in the name of fundraising.
The Turf Moor Sleepout event heightens awareness of homelessness in the local area and aims to raise money for three charities: Burnley FC in the Community, Emmaus, and SafeNet Domestic Abuse Service for Jane’s Place Women’s Refuge.
Veka UK’s marketing director, Dawn Stockell, was one of more than 50 fundraisers that took part in the event last year, which raised more than £28,000. The aim for 2019 is to beat last year’s total and further increase awareness of the rising epidemic of homelessness in the UK.
Dawn said: “Veka UK is well known for supporting registered local charities, causes and community projects across the region. It’s a significant part of our ethos and one that we are very proud of.
“The Turf Moor Sleepout is a good chance to do our bit and to highlight how capable the Veka team are of taking on any challenge! We’re not afraid to get stuck in, especially for a good cause (or three).
“We’re coming together at Turf Moor, from departments across the company, to support these charities the same way we support each other in business. And it’s rewarding to know that with people’s generous support, we’ll be raising valuable funds – even in our sleep!
“The Sleepout is a timely fundraiser for an important cause; according to official estimates, 4,677 people in the UK slept on the streets or in sheds and tents in 2018. This is 165% higher than in 2010, with areas of the North West heavily affected. We’re keen to do our bit to raise funds and awareness.”
The ten Veka employees taking part are Gemma Haythornwhite, Dawn Stockell, Gabriela Hammond, Colette Hunter, Vicky Giles, Charlotte Hulme, Caroline Howles, Helen Bailey, Louise Scholey and Lindsay Williams.
Dawn added: “We’re very grateful for any support, and every donation will make it that bit easier for us to swap our quilts for coats and to bed down outside in November’s winter weather.”
To support this event, please visit justgiving.com and search ‘VEKA UK Turf Sleepout’.