Will you Sleep Rough So Others Don’t Have To?
Sleep Easy’s are YMCA’s main fundraising event across the UK since 2010, seeing more than 7,000 people sleep rough and raising more than £1.5m for local YMCA services that help people rebuild and transform their lives.
Sleep Easys offer a fantastic challenge to individuals and organisations who wish to help raise awareness of the hardships of homelessness and raise funds for a charity that works to bring homelessness to an end. Participants, who can be individuals, groups or businesses, set themselves a fundraising target before wrapping up warm, building a cardboard shelter and then ‘sleeping rough so others don’t have to’.
Are you up for the challenge? One night can make a lifetime of difference.
The Big Sleep Easy - Saturday 16th October 2021
Our ‘Big Sleep Easy’ campaign launched in autumn 2018 when almost 100 individuals, fundraising on their own behalf or as part of teams representing local organisations, built cardboard shelters and slept outside for a night at Chapel Gate Sports Club near Bournemouth Airport. They raised almost £25,000!
In 2019, the Big Sleep Easy was even bigger, with 140+ individuals and 30+ local businesses, including Lester Aldridge, TEAM Jobs and Store and Secure. It was an incredible night, raising over £40,000 in funds that went to homelessness projects locally, helping over 160 people to rebuild their lives.
2020, however was very different, as we asked participants to complete a virtual sleep out, and ‘sleep rough’ in their gardens. Despite these difficult times YMCAB were amazed to have raised over £12,000 in 2020.
In 2021, we need your help more than ever before. In addition to providing a fantastic fundraising challenge for individuals, for businesses it’s the perfect opportunity for team building, informal networking and the chance to demonstrate a commitment to the local community. All Covid guidelines will be adhered to, and we will ensure that the event is safe.
Can you help us change lives this year? Get in touch with Sheena today to reserve your place at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in other opportunities for Corporate Partnerships? For more information, visit here.
The Big Sleep Easy 2018
Chapel Gate Sports Club, Saturday 17 November 2018.
“Each person taking part was dedicated to making a long-term difference to the lives of others,” said YMCA Bournemouth Senior Operations Manager Martin Stockley. “The experience will certainly have changed people’s perceptions of the harshness of sleeping rough.”
This video was made by Alvaro Gonzalo.
Danny has battled hard to get himself free of addiction but last year he also battled for others by organising a coffee morning in aid of cancer care.
Mehdi is now a very successful businessman in Bournemouth but it has been a very difficult journey. A stay at YMCA Bournemouth changed his life.