The Brick are hoping for 200 people to fill the south stand concourse to raise vital funds and awareness of their work.
- Sleepout to take place on Friday 6th April 2018.
- Dan Burn and Samy Morsy helped to launch the event.
- The Brick are the club's official charity of the season.
Latics fans are being urged to swap their beds for sleeping bags for one night to raise funds for the club’s official charity of the season – The Brick.
The Brick – who provide services to help people facing debt crisis, poverty or homelessness – have teamed up with the club to hold a DW Stadium Sleepout.
The charity is hoping for 200 people to fill the south stand concourse on Friday 6th April 2018 to raise vital funds and awareness of their work.
First team players Dan Burn and Samy Morsy and Latics Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson helped to launch the sleepout with The Brick’s business director, Nick Brookes and volunteer Garry Colsey – who has experienced homelessness.
Latics captain Samy, who visited The Brick with his teammates at Christmas to learn about the work they do, meet staff, volunteers and service users, as well as help out in the foodbank – is urging the club’s supporters to get involved.
He said: “Our visit to The Brick was a real eye opener. Before going along I didn’t know how many people in the area needed support to get back on their feet. This event will help and I hope the fans can get behind it to help end homelessness and poverty in Wigan borough.”
Last year, people braved the elements in Wigan town centre to take part in The Brick’s StreetSleep and raised £11,000 – a target the charity hopes to beat this year.
Nick said: “Too many people still find themselves with no option but to sleep rough, in danger, exposed to the elements and at risk of damaging their physical and mental health.
“Our DW Stadium sleepout isn’t trying to replicate that experience, but it gives us all a chance to help change the lives of the people that it is a reality for.
“All we ask is that for one night, people give up the luxury of their beds and swap it for a sleeping bag on the floor in the stadium.
“I would like to thank our charity partners for the year, Wigan Athletic, for all their support with this event. Let’s pack out the DW Stadium with people of Wigan whether that’s Latics fans, Warriors fans, business communities or family and friends, to give homeless people a better future.”
Players will not be able to join in with the event as they have a match on the Saturday against MK Dons – but all participants in the sleepout will be offered tickets to the game and the person who raises the most funds will be given two hospitality tickets for a fixture later in the season.
Registration for the event will begin at 9.30pm with a 10pm start, through to 6am the following morning. Breakfast will be served and refreshments and entertainment will be available during the evening.
A minimum of £100 needs to be raised for adults and £50 minimum for juniors. Children aged 12 and over are welcome to join the event when accompanied by a responsible adult, as well as youth groups.
To view The Brick website, please click here.
For more information on the event and to register email firstname.lastname@example.org