Saturdays at Stamford Bridge are normally reserved for watching football, but this past weekend a group of Chelsea fans spent the night at our stadium to help raise money and awareness for two local homeless charities.

The Chelsea Supporters Trust, in full co-operation with Chelsea FC, staged the first Big Sleep Out at the Bridge on a chilly winter’s evening. A hardy cohort of season ticket holders and members arrived at 9pm with sleeping bags, pillows and cardboard boxes to lay on, and were given an unexpected boost in the form of a good luck message from none other than Ronnie Wood. The Rolling Stones rock-and-roll icon was performing at Under the Bridge, and wished those spending the night in it all the best.

After finding spots in the ground to settle down on, the intrepid group assembled to listen to presentations from Stoll and Glass Door, two local charities who do wonderful work for homeless people.

Also speaking was Chelsea legend Paul Canoville, who was supporting the effort and then bedded down for the night. After tea and coffee, the Stamford Bridge lights were turned off at 11.30pm. Most of those attending got a few hours’ sleep, but were probably relieved to hear the cries of ‘tea up!’ at 6am.

Breakfast was taken before everyone headed home after a very successful event that has raised a significant amount of money for charity. You can still contribute by clicking here.