Stonepillow are hosting their annual Big Sleep Out on Saturday, October 19, in the grounds of Chichester Cathedral and there are still places left for people to sign up.
Participants brave a night in cardboard shelters in return for sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues to help raise vital funds for the charity and increase awareness of homelessness in the local area.
The event kicks off with live performances on the Cathedral Green at 2pm, as everyone arrives to start building their cardboard shelters before putting them to the test for the night.
The event does not aim to replicate homelessness, but it can give people a small insight into some of the realities of rough sleeping.
Stonepillow support and empower homeless and vulnerable people to achieve sustainable independence and wellbeing.
The charity supports people 365 days a year in Chichester, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton and has 97 clients in their accommodation on any given evening. This year marks Stonepillow’s 30th anniversary and they hope to raise £30,000 to support the work they do.
Hilary Bartle, Stonepillow chief executive, said:
“The Big Sleep Out is our annual flagship event which sees individuals, groups and businesses in the community coming together to help us end rough sleeping.
“No one should be sleeping on the streets and we urge people to sign up and help us make a difference. We would like to say a huge thank you to Kiwi Recruitment for sponsoring the event.”
It’s not too late to sign up, register now at: stonepillow.org.uk or call 01243 537934 for more information.