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Navin Shah joins Wembley sleepover for in-need children with NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars

This weekend I attended a sleepover at Wembley Stadium hosted by NFL superstars Jacksonville Jaguars. The event was part of a project by US based Ashley HomeStore to provide free beds to some of the most in-need households in London.

The event saw 100 children from across London gather at the Grand Hall of Wembley Stadium on Saturday 30th August to be given brand new beds. Over half the children participating in the sleepover were from households where they do not have their own bed. The children then had the beds delivered to their home after the sleepover.

The sleepover was hosted by NFL superstars Jacksonville Jaguars who provided a fun packed entertainment programme on the night, which included a tour of Wembley Stadium and an appearance from the Jaguars’ Mascot Jaxson de Ville. This is the first time this initiative has taken place and was done in partnership with the US firm Ashley Furniture Homestore, which shipped 100 beds from Florida.

I spoke with a number of the children and parents hearing about the challenges they faced and the difference the new beds would make to them. I would like to thank the CEO of Ashley HomeStore, Howard Fineman, for hosting the event and welcomed the initiative.

I’d like to thank Jacksonville Jaguars and Ashley HomeStore for their  brilliant ‘A Hope to Dream’  initiative. This project will make a massive long-term difference to all the families involved as well as giving them a sleepover that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

The children were expected to be in bed by about 10pm and ready for their breakfast at 7am but given the excitement and the entertainment lined up by the hosts, I wonder how many actually followed the timetable. I am sure they had a great time on the night and the children will benefit enormously from the beds donated by the sponsors.

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1st September 2014