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Portsmouth hold sponsored sleepout inside Fratton Park

Overnight, Portsmouth held a sponsored sleepout to raise awareness of homelessness.

Senior level employees from any industry were invited to give up their bed for one night and help those who don’t have one.

Participants will be asked to lead by example by braving the cold and sleeping outdoors side-by-side with their peers to raise awareness and funds for homeless people in Portsmouth.

CEO of Portsmouth FC, Mark Catlin, said the event made him ‘very proud’ of what the city represents. He said: ‘Events like this show what a great city Portsmouth is, as people come together to help out the most under-privileged people in the city.

‘So much work has been put in by so many different people to make this happen, and I am really proud to see the sleepout take place here.’ Editor of The News Mark Waldron said: ‘It is fantastic – it is a bit cold and it certainly got colder, but that really is the point of doing this.

‘The thing that has given me the most warmth is how many people signed up. ‘The people of Portsmouth have got behind us and so many people have raised not only a huge amount of money, but a lot of awareness too.

‘Just by giving up a few hours of our own time, we have been able to get people thinking and talking about a huge issue. ‘The turnout for this has been incredible, and I would like to thank everyone who has supported this amazing cause.’

You can help raise money to a JustGiving page by clicking HERE.

You can also read more on how it went for one of the sleepers by clicking HERE.


Take a look at the social media reaction and photos from last night inside the ground on the next page.

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