Will you Sleep Rough So Others Don’t Have To?

This March, we are delighted to be kicking off another year of YMCA Bournemouth (YMCAB) Sleep Easy fundraising events in Bournemouth. We are so grateful to be supported by businesses, schools and groups who will “sleep rough for one night, so others don’t have to”. The YMCAB Sleep Easy raises thousands of pounds annually, helping to tackle issues caused by homelessness in Bournemouth. We offer hope to local Bournemouth and Poole homeless people, as well as creating an understanding of what it is really like to sleep rough for those taking part.

Sleep Easy’s offer a fantastic challenge to individuals and organisations who wish to help raise awareness of the hardships of homelessness and raise funds for a Bournemouth homeless charity – one 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’.

The concept has proven very popular in local schools; over 15 Dorset schools have signed up to hold their own
School Sleep Easy events in their grounds, whilst the annual Big Sleep Easy event will take place on 15th October 2022 at Talbot Heath School. Registration is now open and YMCAB is inviting businesses, groups and individuals to join them as they once again bed down under the stars for the night.. Sheena Dayman, Events Manager, YMCAB: “One night can make a lifetime of difference. Please join us and make a difference to vulnerable people locally.”

We are grateful to the following organisations that support us: Confirmed sponsors include Lester Aldridge, Store & Secure, Biz Space, Forerunner, Paul Collins Photography, the Green House Hotel and SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK.

Lester Aldridge Partner, Mark Benham commented, “I’m extremely proud that Lester Aldridge continues to support such an important charity, which provides local services and projects that give children, young people and vulnerable individuals hope for a better future.”

Suez Recycling and Recovery UK have joined YMCAB as a new sponsor for 2022. James Pike, SUEZ Regional Director commented: “At SUEZ, valuing the people and communities we serve is at the core of what we do, which is why we are proud to support this year’s Big Sleep Easy event. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home, and we hope by partnering with YMCAB we can combine forces to tackle homelessness.”

Could you sleep rough so others don’t have to? Join YMCAB and help make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people locally.

The Big Sleep Easy - Saturday 15th October 2022

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 and £17,000 in 2021.

In 2022, 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 always ensure that the event is completely safe for our participants.

Can you help us change lives this year? We are always looking for participants, sponsors and schools to take part. If you can help in any way, please fill out the enquiry form below and we will get back to you.

Interested in other opportunities for Corporate Partnerships? For more information, visit here.

Get in touch

Sheena Dayman
Events Manager

YMCA Bournemouth
Delta House
56 Westover Road
Bournemouth BH1 2BS

07824 333505

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.

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