SleepOut at the DW Stadium in aid of The Brick raised funds for those facing homelessness, poverty or debt crisis in Wigan.
- The Brick hosted a SleepOut at the DW Stadium on Friday night.
- Charity help people facing homelessness, poverty or debt crisis in Wigan.
- To make a donation please text BRIK18 £3 or BRIK18 £5 to 70070.
Awareness of the work of the club’s charity of the season, The Brick, was highlighted at the DW Stadium on Friday evening as over 100 people took part in their SleepOut.
Hosted at the home of Latics for the first time, the SleepOut saw people spend the night sleeping in the south stand concourse to raise vital funds to help people facing homelessness, poverty or debt crisis across Wigan.
Among those taking part in the event were Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson and Head of Community Tom Flower, along with families, scout groups, businesses and individuals.
The week leading up to the SleepOut saw first team players Dan Burn, Samy Morsy and Will Grigg send video messages of support to those participating in the event, along with Chairman David Sharpe, manager Paul Cook and former England star Peter Reid.
Jonathan said: “It was fantastic to see all the support for The Brick from the people of Wigan and we felt honoured to have been part of an amazing event. The most important thing was to raise awareness of the charity’s work and to make sure nobody in our community gets left behind.”
Donia Lee, 31, who had previously been homeless herself, also took part in the SleepOut and credited The Brick and the club for organising such an event.
She said: "When I was younger I went through a similar experience, where I was living out on the street for a period of time. I had no one to turn to and no support, so I wanted to join in with the SleepOut to try and make a difference to other people’s lives.
Adding: “Events like this are important to raise awareness, as you can walk past people in the street, and have a lack of understanding of why people have ended up there and what support they need."
Funds raised are still being counted up – but fundraising manager for The Brick – Janet Mitchell is hoping to beat last year's sum of £11,000.
She said: "A huge well done and thank you from the bottom of our hearts to every person who swapped a bed for a sleeping bag, and too their families and friends, who made donations. Thanks also to our charity partner Wigan Athletic and the DW Stadium, in particular Andy Birch, for helping us to rebuild lives in the Wigan borough."
All SleepOut participants were offered tickets to the MK Dons match the following day, a fixture Latics won 5-1 to maintain their promotion push.
For more information about The Brick please go to www.thebrick.org.uk and to make a donation text donate BRIK18 £3 or BRIK18 £5 to 70070.