Sampson Family Sleepout

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Two young Evertonians are spending their half-term holidays a little bit differently and doing a two-week camp-out to raise money for Everton in the Community and The Brett Foundation.

The two brothers, Charlie aged 10 and Joe aged 8, have been sleeping out in their Maidenhead garden from 12 February to raise money and awareness for two charities that help to combat homelessness.

Inspired by both David Walliam’s book ‘Mr Stink’ and David Unsworth and his Under-23s ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ campaign and the Goodison Sleepout, the young boys decided to set up camp in their back garden to hopefully raise as much money as possible for the two charities and help those who don’t have a roof over their heads.

Charlie and Joe, along with their dad Tony and grandad Charlie, are both Season Ticket Holders in the Family Enclosure and recently led the team out for the home win against Crystal Palace on 10 February when they were mascots and in return for their dream coming true, they wanted to do something to help others.

Speaking out their sleepout challenge, eight-year-old Joe said: “We have noticed more homeless people around where we live which makes us feel really sad – I don’t like imagining what it would be like to be homeless”.

Older brother Charlie added: “We go to sleep in our tent wearing two pairs of pyjamas as well as our Everton hats and are snuggly in our sleeping bags.”

If you would like to support Charlie and Joe’s inspiring efforts then you can donate here.

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