Supporters back Molineux Sleepout again

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This year’s Molineux Sleepout fell on one of the coldest nights of the year so far – but that didn’t stop approximately 150 hardy folk sleeping under the stars in the Stan Cullis Stand to support Wolves Foundation and the Good Shepherd.

The Foundation’s fourth annual Sleepout took place on Friday night, providing people with just one night’s experience of being a rough sleeper to raise awareness of the plight of the homelessness and vulnerable, as well as funds for projects run by the two charities.

So far over £40,000 has been raised, which is a record total from the Sleepout for Just Giving alone, and, with donations staying open until the end of the year, and other funding to be added, it is hoped that the target of £50,000 could be reached.

“It was another really inspiring evening, particularly to see so many people from across the community coming together to support those who are in need of help during these challenging times,” says Head of Wolves Foundation Will Clowes, who took part in the event.

“The Molineux Sleepout has become a really important part of our calendar, both to raise awareness of the wide range of work which the two charities carry out in Wolverhampton, and also vital funding to deliver those projects.

“We are hugely appreciative to everyone who took part and braved the elements, the local dignitaries, charity ambassadors and all who gave their time to help bring the event to a wider audience, and everyone who has made a donation which will have such a positive effect on the people of the city.

“The funds raised will ensure that we as a Foundation will be able to deliver some extra work for those in need this Winter.”

Those who took part in the Sleepout included the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, Wolves director John Bowater, Foundation ambassadors Karl Henry, Mark Rhodes and Johnny Phillips, Good Shepherd ambassador and comedian Jack Kirwan, and BBC WM reporter Daz Hale.

Also popping in during the evening were Wolves Foundation ambassador Anna Price, Good Shepherd ambassadors Jaki Graham, Natalie Graham, Niall Farrell and Carl Ikeme, with the former Wolves goalkeeper joining other former Wolves stars John Richards and Steve Daley for a Q&A session hosted by Wolves TV presenter Gemma Frith.

As well as the interviews and Q&A, staff, volunteers and former service users from the Good Shepherd also put on some art classes mirroring those which take place at the charity to help former rough sleepers improve their confidence and self-esteem.

“We all want to say a massive thank you to the Foundation and Wolves for once again involving us in the Molineux Sleepout, as well as all those who took part or made a donation,” said Good Shepherd CEO Tom Hayden.

“Wolverhampton, like many cities at the moment, continues to have its challenges, but what is never in doubt is how its people are always so ready to come together to support the most disadvantaged within our communities.

“The sum of money raised is absolutely fantastic and will help the Good Shepherd continue to deliver our programme of food and support services to help former rough sleepers and those who are vulnerable across the city.”

Wolves Foundation would also like to thank Wolves partners Cadbury for their generous support of the Sleepout with a supply of Hot Chocolate which proved particularly welcome during the cold night, and official catering partners Levy UK, who provided free tea and coffee.

To support the event, and help try and reach the £50,000 target, donations can still be made by clicking here to visit the fundraising page.

"Of course it’s so important to give back to the community and Wolverhampton as a whole. It's great to be here and to show our support."

Maximilian Kilman | Wolves Captain and Foundation Ambassador

"As a lifelong Wolves fan, to represent the Club and Foundation is something I'll cherish forever."

Daz James | Wolves Disability FC

"Without Wolves Foundation I wouldn't be here today, that's for certain."

John Martin | Head 4 Health participant

"It is amazing to be out there meeting people and having some fun. It is really important for Wolves to have this connection with the fans and to see the happiness in their faces."

Toti Gomes | Wolves Defender

"Savannah absolutely loves the group. The staff are committed to making every single session fun and welcoming."

Natasha | Healthy Goals parent

"It’s special because it's my club and I’m so proud to be from Wolves as well. I can see the projects and all the work Wolves Foundation are doing and I know it makes such an impact, so to even be a little part of that and to help out where I can – it's so exciting."

Amber Sandhu | Broadcaster and Foundation Ambassador

"It’s huge for the school, I can’t speak highly enough of Wolves Foundation and the opportunities that they give us."

Mr Robinson | Woodsetton School

“I think all football clubs should be the beating heart of their communities and Wolves, through the Foundation, manages to do that."

Johnny Phillips | Sky Sports Presenter and Foundation Ambassador

"We get loads of different opportunities with a Premier League club. I feel really privileged to be a part of it."

Mustafa | Football & Education College Academy student

"Frank has Alzheimer’s Disease and when he was first diagnosed we felt lost and alone. Attending Molineux Memories is a lifeline for both of us; it is run by friendly, committed staff who ensure that everyone is included and enjoys themselves."

Frank and Alison | Molineux Memories

"To come here and be hands on with the kids is unreal. Working with Wolves and the Foundation is a blessing and I'm honoured. It feels surreal sometimes but it's the best feeling."

S-X | Music Producer and Foundation Ambassador

"It's good to give back what you got. Football and the Wolves Foundation help me, so I like to help the community."

Taye | Premier League Kicks

"Wolves is a fantastic football club, and they’re excelling off the pitch as well with all the brilliant community work that the Foundation does. The passion of the coaches and the opportunities to play are amazing."

Jack Rutter | Former Great Britain Paralympian and Foundation Ambassador

"Wolves has definitely helped my personal development, but now also helps me to develop people I work with. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunities Wolves Foundation have given me."

Carl Ackasovs | Wolves Foundation

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