Join The Big Sleep to help Leicester's homeless

Local businesses are being challenged to spend a night under the stars in aid of The Bridge Homelessness to Hope charity

A Leicester-based homeless charity is looking for volunteers to wrap up warm and brace themselves for a night out in the elements to raise awareness of homelessness and the reality of ‘sleeping rough’.

Volunteers will spend the night under the stars for a taste of what street homelessness might be like – with only cardboard, a sleeping bag, flasks and the clothes on their back for warmth.

‘The Big Sleep’ will take place on March 21, 2019 at the University of Leicester. The Bridge Homelessness to Hope is asking local businesses and their staff to sign up, take part in the challenge and raise much-needed funds through sponsorship. Breakfasts will be generously provided by the University of Leicester.

David Fawcett, Executive Operations Manager at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope commented: “We’re looking for hardy souls to take on The Big Sleep challenge, either individually or as part of a group representing a local organisation. The night will be a real eye-opener and will hopefully raise funds to help us to continue our work supporting the homeless community in the city of Leicester.”

About The Bridge Homelessness to Hope:

Based on Melton Street in Leicester, the charity provides around 200 early breakfast servings for rough sleepers per week and almost 17,000 meals per year to the homeless and vulnerable, as well offering a range of specialist support services including mentoring and mental health wellbeing.

As well as the early breakfasts, the charity offers:

  • Thursday evening meals to around 60 guests per week

  • Sunday afternoon meals for at least 80 per week

  • a weekly advice centre

  • a women’s group

  • art therapy classes

  • keep fit classes

  • a mentoring programme

  • a mental health programme

  • health awareness days with over 30 medical professionals present

  • links with the University of Leicester through its Project Light initiative

All funds raised through the sponsorship for the event will be donated to The Bridge Homelessness to Hope to help the city’s homeless community.

Individuals or local businesses willing to join The Big Sleep should contact David Fawcett at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope on 07534 059658 or by email.

For more information, visit The Bridge Homelessness to Hope's website.

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