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BARKING & DAGENHAM / DARTFORD
GREENWICH / HAVERING / ASHFORD

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WILL YOU SLEEP OUT SO OTHERS DON’T HAVE TO?
This year, our annual sleep out is going virtual, and we’re asking you to spend one night sleeping in or out to help end homelessness!

 

WHEN:  Friday, 26 March 2021 from 7pm to 7am

COST:    £10 (family and individual rate)

WHERE:  This could be in the socially distanced safety of your back garden, shed or garage, or somewhere indoors such as the kitchen or hallway – but must be somewhere other than your bed.

You could build a den in the front room or under the dining table; put a sleeping bag on the kitchen floor, pitch a tent in the garden or even sleep in the bath!

Wherever you sleep, the idea is to raise money while thinking about how it feels not to have your bed to sleep in!

ABOUT SLEEP EASY:  In ordinary times, our annual sleep out would have involved groups and individuals meeting at our YMCA, building cardboard shelters and sharing an evening outside and together, and experiencing some of the harsh realities of sleeping rough.  However, due to COVID-19 restrictions and for the safety of our participants and staff, we will be hosting Sleep Easy 2021 virtually this year.

Whilst it won’t show you exactly what it’s like to sleep rough, Sleep Easy will give you an idea of what it’s like not to have a bed to sleep in and will help raise awareness and funds to support those who don’t have a cosy bed or get to choose where they sleep.

We know that being stuck inside during lockdown has been hard for many people but there are some who would be grateful for the chance to be stuck indoors, with a comfy bed to sleep in at the end of each day.  Sadly this is a situation a lot of young people find themselves in, often through no fault of their own.

This event also supports our vital work in the local community which includes helping vulnerable families that may be at risk of homelessness with food/care hampers.

HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO RAISE:  It costs just £10 to register as either an individual or family.  All we ask is that you create a Virgin Money Giving fundraising page and share it with friends, family and as many people as possible to help spread awareness and fundraise on our behalf.

Downloads and links:

Sign up for this event

Welcome pack for participants – coming soon!
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Can’t take part but would like to help?
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We appreciate that Sleep Easy is not for everyone but there are plenty of other ways in which you can help:

  • Buy a cast-iron excuse not to take part for £50
  • Buy a feeble excuse not to take part for £5
  • Spread the word and encourage friends and family to take part
  • Make a one-off donation
  • Donate prizes for the event
  • Donate snacks and drinks
  • Sponsor the event – packages from £150

Contact us on 01708 766211 or email sleepeasy@ymcatg.org to find out more!

DON’T MISS OUT – GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!