Posted: 13:40 on 24-11-17
What is the Sleep Out?
Sleep Out is an annual event where hundreds or people sleep outside for one night in central Bristol. It is by no means the total experience of homeless people but it helps to highlight the reality of increasing homelessness in our city.
The event is at Pip 'n' Jay Church from 10pm on Friday 2nd March, through until 7am on Saturday 3rd March. You will need to bring a warm sleeping bag, lots of layers and we suggest that you bring a ground sheet, some cardboard and some waterproof sheeting, as we never know what the weather will be like on the night!
Why should you take part?
According to this recent research by the national housing charity Shelter, there are 86 rough sleepers in Bristol and a shocking 1 in 170 people are homeless across the city. 2017 hasn't been an easy year for homeless people. The housing crisis has meant more and more people finding themselves without a home, while cuts and other issues with welfare have meant that an increasing number of people have had to rely on food banks in order to feed themselves and their families.
Participating in Sleep Out 2018 is an opportunity for you to raise vital funds to support the work we do throughout the year to help and support thousands of homeless people across Bristol, as we offer food, shelter and hope.
Join one of our participants who says, "I see first hand the positive difference Crisis Centre Ministries makes to homeless and vulnerable people in Bristol. Without donations and dedicated volunteers CCM wouldn't be able to serve hot meals, provide a bed for women six nights a week, support clients in addiction recovery, provide food parcels, give listening and prayer support and so much more!"
How to sign up
Signing up is free and easy, simply fill out the registration form here. Spaces are limited and this is popular event, so we are asking participants to raise a minimum of £200 in sponsorship.
By registering, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions for this event.
Fundraising for the Sleep Out!
Now you've registered, it's time to start fundraising! You can set up your own fundraising page here on Everyday Hero, which is a really great way to get people to sponsor you online. You can also download a paper sponsorship form here.
February is Sleep Out Month
If you're unable to join the sleep out event, why not hold your own sleep out challenge in February! Click here to find out more.
We would love to hear what you're doing, whether it's joining us at the Sleep Out event on 2nd/3rd March or doing your own challenge.
If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch with Sarah Luckwell, Supporter Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org / 0117 405 7113
Social media users, don't forget to use #sleepout2018