ORGANISERS of YMCA Humber’s Sleep Easy event in Grimsby are celebrating already – before the fundraiser has even taken place – as they boast a record number of sign-ups for the annual sleep out.
Over 100 people have already signed up to sleep rough for one night – so others don’t have to and there is still a week to go for members of the public to register to help homeless charities in North East Lincolnshire.
The event, which will once again be held at Grimsby’s Freshney Place Shopping Centre Car Park on Friday 30th January, is breaking its participation record for the second year running – with 80 having slept out in 2014.
Jonathan Byrne, Communications Coordinator for YMCA Humber is naturally delighted at the response from the public.
He said: “We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the support generated by Sleep Easy this year.
“To have over 100 people signed up for the event with a week of preparations to go is magnificent and shows the dedication the people of North East Lincolnshire have to helping the homeless charities of the region.
“We would like to thank all those that have signed up so far and of course we would like to express gratitude to Freshney Place for all their support of Sleep Easy, which included two bumper days signing people up in the centre – 20 registrants in all.”
Amanda Austin, Centre Director of Freshney Place commented:
“We’re delighted that Sleep Easy will be taking place in our shopping centre car park this week. It is a fantastic event and raises money for a very well deserved cause.
“The sign up response and support from the local community has been astounding and we are extremely pleased that five members of our team will be sleeping rough for the night to help raise essential funds…on behalf of the Freshney Place staff and centre team we would like to wish all participants good luck!”
All funds raised through Sleep Easy 2015 in Grimsby will stay in North East Lincolnshire and go towards the work of YMCA Humber and its partner charities, Harbour Place and CARE NE Lincs, so that they can carry on their work with homeless young people.
Sleep Easy 2015 will be held in the car park of Freshney Place Shopping Centre in Grimsby on Friday 30th January between 6pm and 6am. Registration is still open at www.sleep-easy.co.uk or by calling (01472) 693388.