Dozens of Hull residents will be sleeping rough in February, to raise money for local homeless charities.
And you can join them, as YMCA Humber and its partners celebrate the 10th anniversary of its annual fundraiser by raising thousands of pounds for vital work among the city’s young people.
Joining YMCA workers and supporters will be representatives of a range of local Charities, all of whom work with people who have found themselves in need of a safe place to live.
This year’s event will take place on Friday 1st February 2018 between 6pm and 6am at Wilberforce College.
It will see staff and supporters of William Booth Centre, The Crossings, Humbercare, YMCA Humber and Child Dynamix try to catch 40 winks in the grounds of Wilberforce College – whatever the weather.
The charities aim to raise awareness of the hundreds of young people who sleep rough every year, as well as raise funds to support the work of the respective supported accommodation Charities taking part.
Helen Pine, YMCA Humber Acting Chief Executive, said: “We know that lots of young people find themselves without anywhere to live at some point in their lives, and it is our job to be there for them at that time of crisis.
“We know from decades of experience that without the support we offer, many more young people would be sleeping on the streets and have less options and less chance of realising their potential.”
Jill Naylor of Wilberforce College said: “We’re really looking forward to hosting the event, many young people in our communities are impacted by homelessness, and raising awareness of the issue is very important to us.”
It won’t all be shivering in sleeping bags, participants will be able to build their own shelter and take part in fun activities throughout the evening, prior to bedding down. Registration for the event is free and you can register at www.sleep-easy.co.uk
Over £150,000 has been raised over the last 10 years through Sleep Easy in the Humber Region supporting the work of local charities and this year’s event is expected to be the biggest to date.
Helen Pine added: “We are calling on the local community, old and young, to sign up to our Sleep Easy Event to support ourselves and the services of Hull supported housing charities today and into the future. One night out can make a lifetime of difference.”
YMCA Humber is one of 133 local YMCAs in England and Wales that, together, support more than 200,000 young people every year.