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Stadium of Light to open doors to the homeless

Sunderland AFC is opening its doors to the homeless and vulnerable this weekend, providing a safe and warm environment in the bitter conditions forecast.

Stadium of Light staff have created a special warm-room complete with places to sleep, hot food and hot drinks for those in need of shelter.

Pets are also welcome and the room will be manned.

The room is open now and will remain open until at least 9am on Monday morning, weather dependent.

Anyone wishing to use the facility should arrive at Exit 2 in the South West Corner of the Stadium.

Other useful contacts:

Sunderland City Council Homeless out of hours emergency line on 0191 520 5551.

Salvation Army Swan Lodge emergency bed and facilities line on 0191 5655 411.

Centrepoint for 16-25-year-olds with housing problems on 0808 800 0661.

St Mary's Church in Sunderland is also a point of contact for those in need or those who may not have access to a telephone.

Anyone wishing to make donations of food or clothing should bring them to the Stadium of Light reception, open until 5pm on Friday and from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.