On Friday 9th March 2018, Huddersfield Town Football Club Chairman Dean Hoyle, along with 150 other fundraisers, took part in the inaugural ‘Big Sleep Out’ at The John Smith’s Stadium, raising well over £40,000 for local homeless causes. Dean, alongside Town Foundation Trustees Janet Hoyle, Sean Jarvis and Ann Hough, joined local dignitaries and supporters to brave the outdoors to raise money for local homeless causes, including local charity Huddersfield Mission. Participants were asked to raise £100 to take part, with 100% of all money raised going directly to the help causes, with any cost of the event covered by Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle. The evening began with fundraisers descending on a rainy John Smith’s Stadium to begin preparations for a night of braving the elements in one of the stands. Participants were given the option of sleeping either on the concourse or on the floor of the stand, with most opting to sleep between the seats overlooking the playing surface at the Stadium, which was gloriously lit up by the heat lamps on the pitch.
As well as raising money for the event, we were there to capture the event on camera and interview Dean, Sean, and other members of the HTAFC team along with other fundraisers.
Production support came from Richard Sharp & The Sharp Agency.