07 Mar BOB FARRELL SHARES HIS VIRTUAL BIG SLEEP OUT EXPERIENCE
In September 2020, Huddersfield Town fan Bob Farrell set out on a challenge in order to raise funds for the Town Foundation.
The Southern Terriers member completed a three-night â€˜Big Sleep Outâ€™ in his back garden in Barnet, North London, raising Â£2,750 in the process.
Ahead of the Town Foundationâ€™s Virtual Big Sleep Out event on Friday 12 March, we spoke to Bob to learn more about his set up of a night and gain some practical tips.
â€œI hung a tarpaulin sheet from my shed to make a lean-to tent. This was purposely done to try and make the experience as close to the real thing as possible,â€ he said.
â€œThe first night was definitely the most challenging. Luckily I took a selection of clothes out with me as I noticed that around 3am the temperature dropped dramatically. That was when IÂ had to add an extra layer!â€
The Town Foundationâ€™s Big Sleep Out is a fundraising event, with all money raised subsequently being split between local charities tackling issues relating to homelessness and the Foundationâ€™s Breakfast Club scheme.
Bob explained how he used social media to raise money and awareness of his event:
â€œI used our Southern Terriers platforms, as well as my own, to promote my Sleep Out. Along with daily updates on my fundraising efforts, I thanked each person for their donation.â€
Sleeping on your own outside can be a daunting experience, but Bob revealed what kept him going throughout the night:
â€œAlthough it was very challenging sleeping out for three consecutive nights, I really enjoyed it and was proud to raise Â£2,750 to support the Foundation and other fantastic charities.â€
â€œThe fact that I would eventually be able to return to a comfortable bed kept me going. Unfortunately, this isnâ€™t the case for the people that have to sleep rough every night of the year.â€
There is still time to register for Fridayâ€™s event by clicking HERE. People that register will receive a free pack in the post containing activities to take part in on the night.
Supporters can also watch a live show on the clubâ€™s YouTube channel, starting at 7pm, with a range of special guests. More information on the show can be found HERE.
If you would like any further information, please contact Fundraising Executive Lisa Bottomley on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07741 671596.