THE annual charity sleepout fundraiser Sleep Easy has a new home in Hull for 2016, the KC Lightstream Stadium, home of Hull KR.
Fundraisers will take to their cardboard boxes on Friday 29 January to raise funds for local charities, YMCA Humber and Child Dynamix.
It will be the fifth year that Sleep Easy has been held in Hull, with all the funds raised going directly to help the city’s young, homeless people.
Jonathan Byrne, Communications Coordinator for YMCA Humber spoke of his delight at the new venue.
He said: “This is a massive boost for Sleep Easy in Hull.
“The KC Lightstream Stadium is a high-profile venue that is home to a famous rugby Super League team, so the publicity that we can generate for the campaign will be huge.
“We’re hoping that fans and members of the public alike will come and join us to bed down under the stars for one night to raise funds for the fantastic work of homeless charities in Hull.”
Sarah Hatfield, Head of Children & Young People’s Services at Child Dynamix has taken part in Sleep Easy each year it has been held in Hull.
She added: ‘We are very excited to be involved in Sleep Easy again and will be aiming to raise £10,000 to help young people who find themselves homeless or needing support to prevent them from becoming homeless.
Being at the KC Lightstream stadium is fantastic for us and we are hoping to have more people involved than in previous years, raising the profile further of the issue of homelessness in young people’
Helen Schofield, Hull Kingston Rovers Community Trust Manager, is pleased to be able to support the event.
She said: “We are proud to be supporting Sleep Easy in 2016. We were approached by Child Dynamix regarding providing a venue for the event and as a club which is embedded in the community we feel that helping to raise awareness around issues such as homelessness among the city’s young people is really important. Hosting Sleep Easy enables us to do this by being involved in a very practical way.”
And Jonathan spoke of the impact Sleep Easy has had on YMCA’s work in the city.
He continued: “On the back of the overwhelming reaction to Sleep Easy, we opened the Turning Point project on Pearson Park at the start of 2015, directly assisting some of the city’s hardest-to-reach and vulnerable people.
“We could not do that without the help of the local community and we hope that as many people as possible will come and spend one night sleeping out to aid those less fortunate.
“We would also like to thank Wilberforce College for all their support of Sleep Easy in the past – they have been a great host on the east side of the city.”