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Leeds Trinity supports three local charities in Leeds Big Sleep 2019 

Posted on 04 November 2019

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Staff and students from Leeds Trinity University will participate in the 2019 Leeds Big Sleep to raise money for vulnerable Leeds communities.

On Thursday 28 November staff and students from the Leeds Trinity community will sleep out at Headingley Stadium alongside Leeds businesses, charities and residents, and Leeds Rhinos rugby players.

Set up in 2017, the Leeds Big Sleep is a collaborative fundraising event which sees the Leeds community come together to raise money for three local charities; St. Gemma's Hospice, St. George's Crypt, and Leeds Rhinos Foundation. Each person that enters has a sponsorship target of £100, and last year the event raised £32,000. This year, the Leeds Trinity fundraising team has been set up by The Chaplaincy, and everyone is welcome to participate.

Mia McHugh, Lay Chaplain at Leeds Trinity University, said: "By participating in the Leeds Big Sleep we are raising awareness and raising money for three wonderful charities. Yes, it will be cold; yes, we'll be tired on the Friday; but we will also have a great time, whilst doing something so worthwhile."

She added: "Every time we are called to do something charitable, I remember the words from Pope Francis: We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions."  

Chris Dow, Vice President of Leeds Trinity Students' Union, will also be taking part in the Leeds Big Sleep. He said: "I'm really looking forward to taking part in The Big Sleep with other members of the Leeds Trinity community. It is always important to give back and hopefully we will raise lots of money for three great charities."

10 members from Leeds Trinity University are taking part so far, and the University would like more people to participate, welcoming staff, students and alumni to join in with the fundraising (over 18s). For those interested, please email your full name and your relation to the University to the Chaplaincy team

If you would like to donate to the University's fundraising efforts, please visit the Chaplaincy's fundraising page.​