Preston striker Louis Moult has become another of football’s unsung heroes after helping to raise £100,000 towards buying a house for a homeless charity.
Moult, 28, took part in the sponsored Big PNE Sleep Out at Deepdale a year ago and they made enough money to buy the Foxton charity a house in Preston.
The remarkable effort – with more than 300 volunteers taking part – has raised enough funds to buy the property which will be converted into two flats which will be used to help homeless people break the cycle of being left on the streets.
Moult, who is the club’s Community Player of the Year and won the Professional Footballers’ Association Community Champion Award, has always taken pride in doing charity work but has now utilised his time while recovering from an ACL injury to do even more.
Moult said: “To raise £100,000 is incredible. I don’t think anyone expected us to reach that. The idea was to raise around £60,000 for the house and to raise £100,000 just speaks volumes for everyone at the football club and in the community.
“The big sleep out was incredible. People slept out in the concourse at Deepdale, it was so cold that night and that brought it home. It was quite moving. You would look down, under the concourse, and realise how cold it was for those sleeping out.
“But what was evident was that no matter how cold it was, everyone came together to help out and we all enjoyed it because it was for a great cause. It raised a lot of awareness and was well worth it.”
Moult is one of several footballers to set an example in lockdown and, while the likes of Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have become national heroes for their charity work, the EFL also boasts a range of players making a difference.
Former Portsmouth defender Christian Burgess helped make food deliveries as well as raising money for charity which highlighted just how many players had played a part across the three EFL divisions.
Moult, who has also been helping out at the Foxton Centre, added: “Since I turned professional, I always tried to set a good example, turn out for events like this because I realised from an early stage of my career that the younger generation look up to us footballers as role models.
“That’s why it’s important to do the right thing to help out. I don’t think it was ever a case of footballers not wanting to do it. But what’s happened with the Covid situation, it’s allowed more things to happen over social media, over Zoom, and that’s a really positive thing.
“I’ve been injured for a while so I can’t put smiles on people’s faces on the pitch so it’s been nice to do it off the pitch and having a bit more time has allowed me to do it.”