Scotland’s National Stadium is to play host to an unusual fundraising initiative to raise money and awareness of homelessness in Scotland – and SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has given his full support to the campaign.
The Hampden Snore event will take place on the 30th of September with participants spending the night sleeping trackside to support the work of The Bethany Christian Trust and Street Soccer Scotland.
Commenting on the initiative, Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan said:
“I am delighted to be part of the Hampden Snore and would encourage all Scotland fans to take part. Every penny raised from this event will be split evenly between Street Soccer and Bethany in this legacy event from the Homeless World Cup in July.
“In Scotland, our homelessness legislation provides strong rights for people who become homeless. Homelessness applications and the number assessed as homeless both reduced during 2015/16 – however, our aim is to stop people becoming homeless in the first place which is much better for our people and our communities, and of course our homelessness services.”
Former Scotland manager Craig Brown said: “Participating in the Hampden Snore is a great way of helping to prevent homelessness in Scotland. Street Soccer Scotland and Bethany do amazing work in transforming lives and this is a unique way to support them.”
Chris Gordon from Bethany Christian Trust said: “Last year Bethany supported over 7000 people living in some of the most deprived areas in Scotland. Increasingly we are working with families who are experiencing periods of crisis and by supporting them we can reduce the potential of family breakdown, one of the main causes of homelessness. We are delighted to team up with Street Soccer Scotland for this unique event which can create a legacy from the Homeless World Cup in July.”
Ally Dawson from Street Soccer Scotland said: “We know from our work across Scotland that football has such a massive force for change. Every week we work with men and women dealing with difficult circumstances including homelessness, physical and mental health issues and addiction attend our programmes and the positive outcomes have a big impact on their lives. We hope football fans will embrace this fun but serious initiative.”
For further information and to register for the event please visit: www.hampdensnore.com.
Participants in a SleepOut are expected to spend the night outside using warm clothing, a sleeping bag, and possibly cardboard as a shelter. Safety is paramount throughout the event with stewarding in place, including first aid provision, and access to a warm dry space as well as toilet facilities.
Bethany Christian Trust has been reaching out to vulnerable and homeless people within Scotland for over 30 years and now covers the majority of the country with a wide range of services aimed at both alleviating the pressures faced by homeless people and also offering support to vulnerable people who might be at risk of homelessness.
Street Soccer Scotland has been seeking to lift people out of poverty since 2009 by offering people hope and a future, specifically round a belief that sport, and in particular football, can be the catalyst for positive social change. It now operates in Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.