Warwickshire cricket stars to take part in charity sleepout event at Edgbaston

on March 4, 2017

Former England cricketer Ashley Giles will be taking part in a sleepout to raise money for homeless charities in Birmingham.

Warwickshire County Cricket Club’s sport director will be joined by players and other fundraisers for the event at Edgbaston stadium in a bid to raise £50,000.

The launch of the Edgbaston Sleepout event

The launch of the Edgbaston Sleepout event

The money raised will be donated to charities such as St Basils.

Barrie Hodge, head of fundraising for the charity, said: “The sad reality is that homelessness is on the rise in our city.

“The money raised from this event will make a positive impact on the lives of people who don’t have a home by empowering them to have a better and brighter future.”

There are 70 places at the Edgbaston Sleepout still available, with participants needing to raise a minimum of £700 for charity.

Those taking part will get a tour of the stadium, enjoy a team meal and join Ashley in a nets session.

Warwickshire’s head of community engagement Ravi Masih said: “We’re increasingly aware of the local concerns about homelessness, with there being seven times more people sleeping rough in Birmingham than there was seven years ago.

“As a local sporting organisation that’s embedded within our local community, we’re committed to making a difference and hope to raise £50,000 through the Edgbaston Sleepout.”

For more information about taking part in the event, email foundation@edgbaston.com.

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