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

“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 YMCA Bournemouth – a Bournemouth based homeless 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’.

The YMCAB “Sleep Easy” raises thousands of pounds annually, helping to tackle issues caused by homelessness in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and other parts of Dorset. We offer hope to local homeless people, as well as creating an understanding of what it is really like to sleep rough for those taking part.

We are so grateful to be supported by businesses, schools and community groups who will “sleep rough for one night, so others don’t have to”.

In 2023, we need your help more than ever before.

All funds raised are used by YMCA Bournemouth to help those in need achieve independent living and secure a safe and positive long-term future.

Sheena Dayman, Events Manager at YMCA Bournemouth commented: “By supporting us and taking part in these events, our communities are helping us to keep local people safe from homelessness in the long-term.

“Not only do the ‘Sleep Easy’ events raise vital funds, but they also promote team building, informal networking and demonstrate a genuine commitment to the local community. The events have been so successful and valued that we’ve had people repeatedly sign up, year after year. I encourage everyone – whether an individual or an organisation – to take part in an event this year and help us change lives in Dorset for the better.”

Lester Aldridge Solicitors has raised more than £20,000 over the last four years, through multiple group events and individual staff sleeping rough to contribute their support to the cause.

Mark Benham, Partner at Lester Aldridge, added: “We are extremely proud to support such a crucial charity.  It is hugely important that all of us are socially responsible and contribute to the needs of our communities. Lester Aldridge supports YMCA Bournemouth, a fantastic charity that transforms communities, providing local services that give children, young people and vulnerable individuals hope for a better future.”

YMCA Bournemouth is encouraging local communities to “Sleep rough to support those who are finding it tough!”

Everyone is welcome to take part in

“The Big Sleep Easy” on Saturday 14th October 2023 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. All participants raise funds via JustGiving. Sheena Dayman, Events Manager, YMCAB says:

“One night can make a lifetime of difference. Please join us and make a difference to vulnerable people locally.”

If you are unable to join us – you can make a donation by following this link


To receive an information pack, or to become a sponsor, please complete the form below.

Sleep Easy Launch Event - 27 April 2023

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the Big Sleep Easy in 2022.
They raised over £28,000

Why not hold your own “Sleep Easy”!

A number of schools, colleges, other organisations & individuals have held “Sleep Easy” fundraising events on our behalf. All participants raise funds via JustGiving. On the night they build shelters out of cardboard boxes, before spending a night (in a safe environment) ‘sleeping rough so others don’t have to’.

We provide guidance, set up the fundraising mechanism and provide all the materials to make the event a success. For schools, we can come into the school and talk to the pupils about how they can help to combat homelessness, just by taking part.

To receive an information pack, or to become a sponsor, please complete the form below.

Sponsor a “Sleep Easy”

Each “Sleep Easy” fundraising event costs money to put on.

In return for sponsoring the event – the sponsor will:

  • Have their logo on the Thank You Certificate that are given to each participant
  • Have their company name and logo attached to the event packs
  • The sponsor’s name & logo will appear on our website and be used on our social media platforms – for publicity purposes.

Sponsors of a school “Sleep Easy” have the option to judge the shelters or give out the prizes

To find out more about sponsoring a “Sleep Easy”, please contact Sheena via email sheena.dayman@ymcabournemouth.org.uk

Thank you for all of your support

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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