A BLACKBURN cricket club and an Islamic charity are holding a sleep out to help the homeless in the town.

The two organisations have joined together to arrange the event raise awareness of the problem.

The sleep out has been arranged by Aid 4 Ummah and Feniscowles Cricket Club.

It will provide the opportunity for people to experience first-hand the harsh realities of a night out without warmth or shelter.

The sleep out will be the cricket club's ground at The War Memorial Recreation Ground off Livesey Branch Road at 5.30pm on Saturday, April 9.

Participants are asked to bring their own sleeping bags.

Aid 4 Ummah have recently launched a UK initiative called '4 For All' to provide help four UK towns and cities with the highest levels of homelessness and people in need including Blackburn with Darwen.

The charity has partnered with Feniscowles Cricket Club, who are celebrating their centenary year during 2022, to start a special project called ‘Sleep Out to Help Out’ .

It aims to help the homeless people of Lancashire.

As part of the project, Aid 4 Ummah and Feniscowles CC will donate hot meals to the homeless via The Salvation Army.

Thereafter, Feniscowles CC management, staff, players, volunteers, and family members will be sleeping out for the night.

Free breakfast will be provided by McDonald’s for all participants.

The Asda Foundation and Adams Rasoi are also involved.

Ahmed Yusuf, Aid 4 Ummah's operations manager, said: "I would like to place on record a big thank you to all the organisations for their support with the 'Sleep Out to Help Out' project.

"I hope it's a success and it raises the much needed awareness of homelessness in our town."