Spend a night sleeping rough alongside City legend Grant Holt at Norwich Sleep Out 2017 challenge

Norwich City legend Grant Holt is to brave the elements next month to support Norfolk’s homeless - a

Norwich City legend Grant Holt is to brave the elements next month to support Norfolks homeless - and other Canaries fans are asked to join him. Photo: Benjamin Foundation. - Credit: Archant

Norwich City legend Grant Holt is to brave the elements next month to support Norfolk's homeless - and other Canaries fans are asked to join him.

Charity staff getting ready for the Benjamin Foundation's 2017 Sleep Out at Archant. Picture: DENISE

Charity staff getting ready for the Benjamin Foundation's 2017 Sleep Out at Archant. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The former NCFC and Shrewsbury Town striker has agreed to take part in the Benjamin Foundation's annual sleep out in Norwich on Friday, November 17.

The annual event challenges people to spend one night sleeping rough to raise money for the charity's work with young homeless people in Norfolk and Suffolk.

And Mr Holt is one of more than 60 people who have so far agreed to take part.

Chris Elliot, marketing manager for the Benjamin Foundation, said: 'We are delighted that Grant is joining more than 60 other people who've already committed to our Norwich Sleep Out event.


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'With Grant confirmed we hope it will encourage Norwich City fans to sign up too and raise money to help us tackle youth homelessness.'

The event gives people a taste of what it is like for the city's rough sleepers.

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Over the past two years it has raised £45,000 for the charity, with more than 160 people taking part.

This year it is being held in the car park of the EDP and Norwich Evening News offices on Rouen Road.

Mr Elliot said: 'It takes people out of their comfort zone to spend a challenging night outside in the cold, with the noise that's always present in a city centre.

'It's not the life a homeless person has but it makes you think differently about the issue.'

Those taking part are advised to bring a sleeping bag, cardboard and plenty of layers of warm and waterproof clothing.

People are expected to arrive between 7pm and 8pm on the night of the challenge. It finishes at 7am the next morning.

As well as the event in Norwich, the charity is hosting a sleep out for the first time in Ipswich.

It takes place at Suffolk County Council's Constantine House on November 3.

The Benjamin Foundation's two main services give young homeless people the skills needed to live independently, while also providing them with accommodation.

It provides a home and support to more than 100 young people at any one time in Norfolk and Suffolk.

To book your place visit: www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk/sleep-out

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