Emmaus Burnley is calling on business leaders, community organisations and individuals raise funds for people in need by sleeping out at Burnley FC’s Turf Moor stadium.

Emmaus needs your support to provide a home, personalised support and opportunities to progress for up to 50 people with experience of homelessness in Lancashire.

By setting a suggested fundraising target of £250, you could buy two meals for each of these vulnerable people. A £10 donation pays for a homeless person to travel to Emmaus and £15 helps someone feel more valued with a counselling session.

Money raised during the Turf Sleepout 2023 will be split equally between Emmaus Burnley, Safenet Domestic Abuse Service and the football club’s official charity Burnley FC in the Community, which provides 50 different community projects across East Lancashire, ranging from education and employability to football development, community welfare and social inclusion.

Director of Emmaus in Lancashire, Stephen Buchanan, said: “We take people from the streets who have had issues with drugs, alcohol and mental health problems, support them with their recovery and help them into new occupations, new accommodation and new life.

“We need you to come and sleep out for us. We need your money. Anything you can raise for us on this sleepout at Turf Moor will make a difference to people’s lives, and take people off the streets, and give them back to their families wherever possible.”

For many people who experience homelessness, one of the biggest obstacles is a loss of self-esteem. Emmaus provides an opportunity to regain this.

Emmaus communities are not hostels for the homeless; they provide a home for as long as someone needs it. For many, this support and stability is like a family, providing a safe environment in which to settle and re-build lives.

To take part in the Turf Sleepout 2023, you must be over the age of 16. Registrations cost just £15 for the Turf Sleepout 2023 at Eventbrite.


If you would like to donate to Emmaus Burnley’s Turf Sleepout 2023, you can visit Emmaus Burnley’s Just Giving page here.