Nigel Clough sleeps rough to boost Sheffield homeless charities

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough made a suprise appearance at the sponsored sleepout at Bramall Lane. Picture Gareth McGarvie
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough made a suprise appearance at the sponsored sleepout at Bramall Lane. Picture Gareth McGarvie
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Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough was a surprise participant to a sponsored sleepout - the first of its kind to take place at the club.

More than 150 people took part in the event at Bramall Lane on Friday to boost the coffers of local homeless charities Roundabout and the St Wilfrid’s Centre on Chesterfield Road.

Clough was joined by club staff members - including Mal Brannigan, managing director of Sheffield United, and Club mascot Captain Blade - as well as Miss South Yorkshire, Stephanie Hill.

They used sleeping bags and cardboard to spend the night at designated areas around the stadium after special performances from Dinnington Brass Ban and Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir earlier in the evening.

Blades’ fan Ashleigh Jade Tully, of Granville Road, was one of those who took part.

The 22-year-old bank worker raised £240 for the charities, which help young homeless people and homeless and vulnerable people.

Ashleigh said: “It wasn’t actually that cold until the morning and then nobody wanted to get out of their sleeping bags at all!

“It definitely gave us an insight into sleeping rough but we were in a safe environment , we had food and drink, so when you think there are youngsters out there having to fend for themselves it gives you such an appreciation of what they go through.”

Football fans also took to Twitter to praise people - including Mr Clough - for taking part.

One wrote: “Fair play to Nigel Clough for sleeping rough last night at the lane.”

Charity Roundabout also thanked everyone who had turned up.

“You’ve helped raise vital funds and awareness for our cause”, said a spokesman.