The LFC Foundation and Reds fan John Bishop are challenging fans to swap their bed for a sleeping bag for one night. You can Kip On The Kop in order to raise vital funds for thousands of people sleeping rough across the UK.
The event is a fundraising challenge that does not replicate what it is like for those forced to sleep rough, but it gives an idea of the situation that many people find themselves in while also supporting those who face this every night.
Speaking about the event, LFC fan John Bishop, comedian and ambassador for Liverpool Homeless FC, one of the charities who will benefit from the event, said:
“Being on the Kop is always special but to sleep there and by doing so help highlight the plight of homeless people in Liverpool and beyond is a rare opportunity.
“I hope as many people as possible make it a night to remember and use this as a chance to make a difference and let those people who are unseen know that we see them.”
This event, which will take place on Saturday, September 9, will provide supporters with the unique opportunity to spend the night on the Kop at Anfield and help raise funds to support people who are vulnerable throughout the city, as well as raise awareness of some of the challenges that they face.
Funds raised from this event will benefit the LFC Foundation’s Global Works programme, which provides sport-based employability sessions and mentoring for young people who have experienced homelessness, as well as Liverpool Homeless FC, which formed an annual 5-a-side league for and by people affected by homelessness across the region.
Currently, the league is made up of 18 homelessness organisations operating across Merseyside, with a focus on inclusion, fun, and assisting people to move forward in their lives.
Matt Parish, CEO of LFC Foundation added:
“This is the first time we have held a sleepout event at Anfield. It’s a unique opportunity for supporters to experience what it’s like for those who are forced to sleep rough every night, with the chance to do this in an iconic venue while raising funds and awareness for two charities that can help make a real difference to those who need it.”
Please note that you must be aged 16 and over to take part, and those aged under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.