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Geoff's big St. Andrew's sleepout

Geoff Horsfield celebrating a goal during his Blues playing days.
Geoff Horsfield celebrating a goal during his Blues playing days.

Ultimately we want to help them live independently in their own flats and get jobs, so they can support themselves and break away from the tough situations they have found themselves in.

Geoff Horsfield

Former Blues favourite Geoff Horsfield will be making a special return to St. Andrew's tonight as he continues to raise funds and awareness for the superb work being done by the Geoff Horsfield Foundation.

Geoff remains a massively popular figure in the area, not only with Blues fans, but also with West Brom fans, for the service he provided to both clubs over many years.

The Geoff Horsfield Foundation works across the Birmingham area to help the homeless get back on their feet by providing them with safe and secure supported accommodation to help regain their independence, as well as providing weekly food donations to Birmingham’s homeless community.

Tonight's event will see the ex-striker and around 40 others sleeping out on the Kop car park.

Ahead of the sleepout, bcfc.com sat down with Geoff to find out more about the charity, the difference it is making to people's lives and how others can help.

"I've been doing what I've been doing for the last three years, but the Foundation is still really in its infancy," said Geoff, who before turning professional as a footballer, was a fully qualified bricklayer by trade.

“I fell out of love with coaching, so I set up a maintenance company four years ago because I've always been pretty handy that way.

“A lady got in contact with me and asked me to do a bit of decorating and some flooring for some vulnerable adults, and as a result of that I thought something needs to be done about these sorts of situations, so I set up the Foundation and we started doing jobs for vulnerable adults.

“Some had got mental health issues, drug or alcohol and others were homeless, things like that.

“Our aim is to provide them with accommodation and help them get access to the medication, benefits, training and other support that can help turn their lives around.

“Ultimately we want to help them live independently in their own flats and get jobs, so they can support themselves and break away from the tough situations they have found themselves in.

“For me the main thing is giving people another chance to lead a happy and productive life.”

The Foundation currently has six large houses, which provides accommodation and support for 30 adults and Geoff is hoping that as further funds are raised the service can expand.

“It's something that I want to make bigger,” he said.

“In the short-term our aim is to get as many people off the street as possible like we're doing and helping them with donations of food and clothes and things like that.

“We’d like to get large premises in Birmingham where we can store donations and maybe even provide a café and a gym where we could maybe help train people and help them get qualifications

“We’re also looking for help from businesses and individuals, whether that’s donations or help with things like offering work experience.

“We really are open to suggestions from anyone that thinks they can help in any way.“

To find out more about the work the Geoff Horsfield Foundation is doing or if you can provide support, help or ideas, you can visit their Facebook page here, Twitter page here, call them on 0121 384 9622 or email: info@thegeoffhorsfieldfoundation.co.uk

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