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Sleep in the Park

Football rivals unite to support homeless

Hearts and Hibs sleep in the parkGary Locke, Aaron Hughes, Ann Budge, Leeann Dempster, Simon Murray, Brandon Barker

Hibs and Hearts players will take part in Sleep in the Park, the UK’s largest ever sleep out which aims to raise £4 million for the homeless.

Participants from each club will be announced shortly before 9,000 members of the public join the event on 9 December, with 2,000 already signed up to take part. 

Mr Littlejohn said: “It is amazing to have the support of two of the biggest football clubs in Scotland and to bring these friendly rivals together for one night.

“It’s our goal to raise £4 million and eradicate homelessness in a five-year period, investing these funds in housing solutions, addiction support and employment programmes.

“Sleep in the Park is an opportunity for everyone to come together and support a hugely important cause in our country, and I hope football fans of both clubs will be inspired to join us too.”

Those taking part in Sleep in the Park will be treated to a live concert with acoustic performances from Liam Gallagher, Deacon Blue, Amy Macdonald and Frightened Rabbit.  

Hearts chairman Ann Budge said: “I am proud that Heart of Midlothian Football Club supports this great initiative, and I’m delighted that members of our staff are taking part in what will be a memorable night. 

“This is an opportunity for the city of Edinburgh to come together, as shown by the backing of both Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian, and raise funds to help tackle the issue of homelessness. 

“I hope the supporters of both clubs will join us in supporting this worthwhile event.”

Hibernian chief executive, Leeann Dempster, added: “Hibernian are pleased to back Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park event and wider efforts to end homelessness in Scotland.

““Both clubs recognise the value of the work being done to help those less fortunate, and are happy to give our support.”

Members of the public can join Sleep in the Park by committing to fundraising at least £100. Businesses can sponsor the event by signing up a team of five with a minimum fundraising commitment of £3,000. 

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