Blades Support St Wilf’s
Sheffield United Football Club have been tremendous supporters of St Wilfrid’s Centre for homeless and vulnerable people for many years. St Wilfrid’s clients have enjoyed meeting and getting to know the players and managers, attending matches and even carrying flags on the pitch.
The Blades recently hosted their first Sponsored ‘SleepOut United’ at the Lane, which involved supporters sleeping out on the edge of the ground to get a taste of what it would be like to be sleeping rough. Participants were sponsored by their friends, family and colleagues and together they raised a wonderful £11,000 which was shared between St Wilfrid’s Centre and the charity for homeless young people in Sheffield, Roundabout. Director of the Centre, Kevin Bradley, said, “We very much appreciate the co-operation and enthusiasm of everyone at the Club and particularly thank Nigel Clough and Mal Brannigan who showed their solidarity with the cause by sleeping out all night themselves.”
The picture below shows Kevin Bradley from St Wilfrid’s and Amy Casbolt from Roundabout receiving the SleepOut cheque, with Sheffield United co-owner, Kevin McCabe in the centre.
For the last few years St Wilfrid’s have also been recipients of the Football Association Community Shield cheque from Sheffield United and the picture on the right shows Kevin Bradley receiving the cheque for £2,000 from Vice President, Chris Steer.
Kevin Bradley added “I am very grateful to the Blades for all their involvement and particularly to Chris who has done marvellous things for us at the Centre since we first opened in 1991.”
University of Sheffield Students Support St Wilfrid’s
Sheffield University students held a special event recently when they presented charities with monies from their Give As You Rent fund.
Charities from across Sheffield applied and St Wilfrid’s Centre were very pleased to be awarded a share of the fund. The Centre was chosen to receive £1,900 towards beds for their new residential unit.
Louise Finnigan, Deputy Director of St Wilfrid’s, said, “A big thank you to the students. This will go a long way towards providing beds for St Wilfrid’s residential project, which is a much needed resource for Sheffield.”
Representing St Wilfrid’s was Deputy Director, Louise Finnigan who is pictured below, together with students from the University of Sheffield RAG Committee.