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Big Villa Sleep Out returns in October!

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Big Villa Sleep Out returns in October!

The Big Villa Sleep Out will take place for the second time later this year, giving fans a chance to help support Birmingham’s homeless community.

Supporters can sign up to spend a night at Villa Park on Friday 11th October, raising money which will be used to support homeless people across the city by the Aston Villa Foundation.

There is a £25 registration fee for this year’s event and incentives to raise as much money as possible with prizes for reaching £100, £200 and £300+.

Head of Foundation Guy Rippon is hopeful the event will be bigger and better in 2019 with the support of the club’s fan base.

He said: “Last year, we had a tremendous amount of support from Aston Villa fans and people who just wanted to make a difference.

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“Homelessness is a huge issue in Birmingham and we’re committed to playing our part in providing support to the people who sleep rough on the streets.

“We raised a large sum of money last year and the hope is that we can beat that number if more people spend a night at Villa Park.”

Last year, club legend Shaun Teale joined a host of fans in taking part in the inaugural Big Villa Sleep Out, helping to raise over £12,000.

£6,000 was presented as a cheque to Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street by Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow in November for his Change into Action initiative and the rest was spent on essential items, which were distributed in Birmingham city centre last month as part of EFL Day of Action.

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Villa star Albert Adomah joined staff from the Aston Villa Foundation in accompanying Outreach Angels on their weekly distribution, serving hot food to the homeless.

The distribution was documented in a film for the EFL Day of Action, displaying Aston Villa’s commitment to its local community.

If you’re interested in taking part in the Big Villa Sleep Out 2019, please email: paisley.hipkiss@avfc.co.uk.

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By @GregStyles91 19th March 2019