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Chelsea FC hosts a sleep out for charity... in your own Shed

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Image captionImage 1: Chelsea supporters who took part in the 2019 Sleep Out at Stamford Bridge stadium

A second Stamford Bridge Sleep Out will help a Fulham charity keep a roof over veterans’ heads.

The (virtual) event on Saturday 27 March will benefit Stoll, based in the Oswald Stoll mansions, alongside Chelsea’s stadium in Fulham Road, which supports veterans after they leave the armed forces. The target is to raise £30,000.

Because of the pandemic, this Sleep Out will be virtual, so those taking part are being encouraged to bed down safely on the living room floor, in the garden or garage... or, in an echo of the part of Stamford Bridge where the noisiest fans once congregated, in the Shed end!

The first Sleep Out, staged in 2019 and organised with the help of the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, saw dozens of people in sleeping bags spending a chilly night in Stamford Bridge before warming up with a 6am breakfast.

The last event raised £27,000, and organisers hope the second, virtual, Sleep Out on 27 March will do even better.

Chelsea FC is supporting the charity fundraiser to help Fulham charity Stoll, which works with 500 veterans each year, keeping them independent, securely housed and in good health, physically and mentally. More than half the veterans Stoll works with suffer from mental health conditions, many with PTSD.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Stoll has also been supporting older and disabled veterans with food parcels and domiciliary care.

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“This is an important event to underline the vital work that Stoll does for our valued veterans,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

“I’d like to add my thanks to everyone for organising this month’s Sleep Out in these challenging times.”

How to take part

Chelsea fans can take part in the Sleep Out, regardless of age or location, with special guests hoping to join participants via a live stream link.

In 2019, when the first Stamford Bridge Sleep Out took place, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood stopped by to wish everyone luck on his way to a gig at the Under The Bridge nightclub.

Also joining in 2019 was Chelsea footballing legend Paul Canoville, who bedded down for the night with supporters.

Register your place at the Sleep Out and raise vital funds for a wonderful charity:

Register your place

Read the full instructions on how to raise money (pdf 1.17MB), or if you simply wish to donate visit the Sleep Out Virgin Money Giving campaign page.

A full list of Sleep Out FAQs is also available.

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