For Saturdays match against Clitheroe we will be wearing our away kit in support of the Shelter #NoHomeKit campaign.
Homelessness has risen dramatically over the last decade. The pandemic has shown us the importance of having a safe home like never before – yet more than 180,000 households have been made homeless since March 2020. With a tough winter ahead even more, people could lose their homes. Shelter’s frontline services are working harder than ever to help people find and keep a home this Christmas, but we can’t do it alone.
Whether watching from the terraces or gathered round the living room TV, football understands what home means. Home gives all fans a sense of identity, belonging and, above all, community. The players on the pitch may change, but the feelings of home are what keep us coming back to football week after week, season after season.
Shelter believes home means everything too. Access to a safe and secure home is what gives us all the foundation for a happy life. But for too many people, this basic human need is denied or under threat. Football’s position in society makes it the perfect ally in fighting for the thousands of people without anywhere to call home today.
WHAT IS #NOHOMEKIT?
This is a simple idea that anyone in football can be involved in. All we’re asking is for the football community to come together for the Boxing Day round of fixtures, ditch their home shirt, and instead wear an away or third kit, in a powerful act of support and solidarity
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the scale of homelessness across the country and there is also the option to donate to Shelter through its website or by text message. Visit shelter.org.uk/nohomekit or text ‘HOME’ to 70455 to donate £5*.
*Texts cost your standard network rate + £5, and Shelter receive 100% of your donation.