Sup­port­ers to sleep out in aid of char­ity

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SUP­PORT­ERS of Chel­tenham Town and Colch­ester United are set­ting aside their ri­val­ries on the pitch for a great cause ahead of the League Two match in Novem­ber.

Fans from the 1887 Red Army and Blue White Army will spend the night out in the open at the Jonny-rocks Sta­dium to raise funds and aware­ness for Chel­tenham Open Door.

They will be joined by as­so­ciate di­rec­tor Mark Cuzner on the eve of the fix­ture be­tween the two sides on Satur­day, Novem­ber 23 and will sleep out in the car park.

The char­ity work to re­lieve poverty, hard­ship and so­cial or emo­tional dis­tress for men and women who have been de­prived of the com­forts and security most of us take for granted.

The sleep out is the brain­child of Robins fan James Robin­son who con­tacted the Es­sex sup­porter group to form the fundrais­ing ef­fort.

“The 1887 Red Army are al­ways look­ing at ways of sup­port­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity and we’re de­lighted to be able to sup­port Chel­tenham Open Door with this event,” he said.

“They’re a su­perb or­gan­i­sa­tion, run by vol­un­teers so we want to drive as much aware­ness as we can.

“We want to take the op­por­tu­nity to raise as much money as we can to tackle the is­sues they face this win­ter, when it mat­ters most,” James added.

“We want to in­vite fans and lo­cal busi­nesses to get in touch and play their part.

“A crowd­fun­der has been cre­ated to sup­port the event and we urge all sup­port­ers to give what they can, no mat­ter how small.”

Colch­ester sup­porter Jon Palmer, a mem­ber of the Blue White Army, be­lieves the key to a suc­cess­ful event lies in the united front shown by both sets of fans.

“We’re get­ting be­hind the 1887 Red Army’s char­ity sleep out to play our part to help high­light the is­sues of home­less­ness, help raise funds for a worth­while cause and to help show that foot­ball can bring peo­ple to­gether.”

James has been work­ing closely with the Chel­tenham-based char­ity’s vol­un­teers to or­gan­ise the event.

“It’s awe­some to wit­ness the en­thu­si­asm of sup­port­ers of Chel­tenham Town and Colch­ester, want­ing to sup­port us with our work at Chel­tenham Open Door,” said com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Rosie Rad­ford.

“We’re a lo­cal char­ity who look af­ter those in our com­mu­nity who might be street home­less, sofa surf­ing, in high sup­port ac­com­mo­da­tion, strug­gling with ad­dic­tion or men­tal health is­sues or iso­lated from friends and fam­ily.

“We’re so pleased the com­mu­nity is com­ing to­gether to sup­port those in our area who re­ally need us!

“Win­ter is the hardest time of year for those strug­gling with home­less­ness or poverty.”

If you’re a sup­porter who wants to take part or a lo­cal busi­ness that can sup­port the fundrais­ing ef­fort, please email James at james.ap.robin­[email protected] gmail.com.

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