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DLAG's Big Sleep Out

16 November 2021

Ollie Palmer has sent out a heartfelt plea to AFC Wimbledon fans to join him for the night as he bids to help the homeless before Christmas.

Imagine sleeping outside on a bitterly cold night with only a sleeping bag to protect you from the elements.

It's a bleak thought, enough to make you shiver, but that's exactly what our giant striker Ollie will be doing, along with first team veteran Darius Charles and our wonderful volunteers - including Dons Trust co-chair Xavier Wiggins and our chief executive Joe Palmer - a week on Saturday. 

They will be sleeping outside the Cherry Red Records Stadium on November 27 in a bid to raise £20,000 to help people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, across Wandsworth, Merton and Kingston.

"It might not be the most comfortable night's sleep but that's the point really. I can't imagine how horrendous life must be for people out on the streets, especially at this time of the year," said Ollie. "This is exactly the sort of cause every AFCWimbledon player wants to help and it would mean so much if the fans came to join us."

It is estimated there are over 400 homeless adults in Wandsworth alone, which - disturbingly - is an increase of 24 per cent on last year. Participants will be asked to raise £250 each through sponsorship and all the money raised will be split between the organisations to help them fight poverty within the community.

"The evening will be a reality check for all of us but it is for an extremely worthwhile cause," said Xavier Wiggins, co-founder of the fabulous Dons Local Action Group who have partnered with Tooting Community Kitchen, Faith In Action and Kingston Churches Action On Homelessness to make the Big Sleep Out happen.

"These organisations have collectively helped people to break the cycle of homelessness and they continue to provide much needed support to people who find themselves in this situation from within our community.”

If you want to get involved then visit HERE for more information.

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