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Following the Big PNE Sleep Out in November last year which raised more than £90,000 for The Foxton Centre we’re calling on the city to show its support once again.
The Foxton Centre, Preston North End Community and Education Trust, Blog Preston and Biffa are joining forces for the Big PNE Sleep In.
Grab a sleeping bag, stay home and take part during Friday April 10 (Good Friday).
The Foxton Centre has been working to help the city’s homeless who can’t ‘stay home’ as the government is urging.
Read more: How The Foxton Centre has been helping the city’s homeless during lockdown
Chief executive of the Foxton, Jeff Marsh, said: “Our Housing First scheme has helped accommodate over 30 former rough sleepers with the support of the people of Preston.
“The Sleep In event offers everyone an opportunity to show their support for those without a roof over their head at a time when we are self-isolating at home.”
The Big PNE Sleep In is a chance to show you care amid the coronavirus crisis and anyone of any age can take part.
Head of the PNE Community and Education Trust, Tom Drake, said: “After the success of the Big PNE Sleep Out last year which we held at Deepdale, the Big PNE Sleep In will now allow a younger generation of people, along with their families, to take part and show their support for the homeless and the work of the Foxton Centre.
“We are proud to be involved in this event at a time where many people will be facing social isolation, and taking part in the Sleep In event can potentially really help with that by becoming interactive online.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the community come together once again in the name of the Foxton Centre again next week and hope to see plenty of Preston North End fans among those taking part.”
We ask that you take a selfie or picture with the hashtag #pnesleepin on a piece of paper or cardboard of you and your fellow lockdown housemates or family and post it online.
Blog Preston founder Ed Walker said: “For those especially with young children the stay at home initiative is particularly tough, so we wanted to do something which gave us something to aim for over the Easter weekend.
“Blog Preston will be taking part and supporting the Big PNE Sleep In and I hope the city gets behind the event in the same way they did the Big Sleep Out.
“We look forward to sharing all your messages of support during Good Friday evening.”
Biffa business development manager Michael Treadwell said: “Following on from the Big PNE Sleep Out last year we wanted to carry on the vital message of how dangerous it is for any person to seek refuge inside a waste container. From April to December 2019, Biffa employees recorded 109 ‘near misses’ or encounters with people either sleeping in or near our bins.
“The original plan was to get involved with local schools and youth groups to raise awareness of homelessness in Preston and the surrounding areas. With the current situation of social isolation and our original plan postponed, the Big PNE Sleep In was launched.
“This will allow all those younger people and their families to take part. We are lucky to have homes to self isolate in and it is vital that homeless people receive support during these times. We hope that this event will show great support for the homeless as well and the tireless work of everyone at the Foxton Centre.”
The Big PNE Sleep In takes place from 7pm and you can show you’re taking part on the Facebook event here.
Donations for The Foxton Centre can be made as part of the event, Text PNESLEEPIN to 70085 to donate £1 or go online to The Foxton Centre website for details on how to donate.