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Homeless charity teams up with Cambridge United for new campaign




Cambridge homelessness charity has teamed up with a city football club’s community trust to launch a new fundraising campaign.

Wintercomfort has joined forces with the Cambridge United Community Trust to run
the Balls to Homelessness fundraising scheme, which culminates in a sleep out event held at the Abbey stadium on Friday, February 7, next year.

Wintercomfort and Camb Utd Com Trust launch “Balls to homelessness” Campaign to mark World Homelessness Day at the Abbey Stadium, from left Sam Gomarsall, Community Trust Manager at Cambridge United with Simon Pickering, Wintercomfort’s Fundraising Manager. Picture: Keith Heppell. (19551884)
Wintercomfort and Camb Utd Com Trust launch “Balls to homelessness” Campaign to mark World Homelessness Day at the Abbey Stadium, from left Sam Gomarsall, Community Trust Manager at Cambridge United with Simon Pickering, Wintercomfort’s Fundraising Manager. Picture: Keith Heppell. (19551884)

Both organisations are urging the local community, local groups and businesses to sign up to participate in the event.

All sleepers are expected to raise a minimum of £100 and while it might not be the most comfortable night’s sleep participants have ever had, it may be one of their most important.

All the money raised will be split between Wintercomfort’s work with the homeless community in Cambridge, and the trust’s hugely valuable work with disadvantaged children and young people across Cambridgeshire.

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, said: “I have seen the work of Wintercomfort and Cambridge United Community Trust first hand and they are both excellent charities making a real difference.”

His views were echoed by Sam Gomarsall, Community Trust manager, who added: “The last two sleep outs have been fantastic occasions with more than 80 people raising over £37,000 and we’re looking forward to this season’s event.

“The money raised will be invaluable in allowing us to continue engaging with and inspiring young people from disadvantaged areas of the city to achieve their potential and improve their wellbeing.”

Wintercomfort’s fundraising manager Simon Pickering added: “We are really pleased to be partnering with the trust on the Balls to Homelessness Campaign, we hope to see as many people as possible undertaking the opportunity to support both organisations on February 7.

“Wintercomfort continues to be a significant resource to the homeless community in Cambridge.”

To find out more, and to sign up, visit wintercomfort.org.uk/ballstohomelessness.



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