A charity which helps hundreds of homeless young people throughout the eastern region every year, is asking brave fundraisers to forego their warm bed.
In the last two years, The Norwich Sleep Out arranged by The Benjamin Foundation has raised £45,000 to help tackle youth homelessness in Norfolk and Suffolk. It now covers Suffolk and registration for its Sleep Out event, which it hosts to coincide with a national initiative by Centrepoint, is now open.
Since its inception, 160 individuals have braved a cold November night, armed only with a sleeping bag and cardboard mat, to experience a taste of what it feels to be homeless and to raise money for the charity.
Following the success, organisers at The Benjamin Foundation are stepping up their intentions this year, and are staging one Sleep Out in Norwich, with another in Ipswich.
Chis Elliott, Marketing and Fundraising Manager, explained: “Both venues offer us a prominent, central venue which will give those participating the opportunity to see for themselves what it might feel like to be homeless but we recognise this is not the same as the real hardship faced by rough sleepers.
“The event is also a great way to build awareness of the issue of homelessness in our region, whilst raising much-needed funds, which are used to deliver the work we do to tackle youth homelessness in Norfolk and Suffolk.”
The Ipswich Sleep Out 2017 will take place on 3rd November at Suffolk County Council’s Constantine House in the heart of Ipswich.
The Norwich Sleep Out 2017 will take place on 17th November at Prospect House on Rouen Road, home of the EDP.
Chris added: “In today’s climate of funding cuts and political uncertainty, fundraising has become more important than ever if we are to continue the work we do in this region.
“So we are really pleased to be working with Suffolk County Council to bring a Sleep Out to Ipswich and our sincere thanks to the council, and to Archant in Norwich, for providing the venues to make this year’s Sleep Out possible.”
Sarah Daniels, Director of The RedCat Partnership, who has taken part in both Sleep Out events in Norwich said : “Most of us will fortunately never have to endure a real experience of sleeping rough, but thousands of young people in our region do.
The Norwich Sleep Out is not easy – it takes place in November, so you are guaranteed cold, and it is in the city centre, which pretty much guarantees noise, but I would encourage anyone who feels able, to sign up to take part. As well as raising much needed funds for the incredible work The Benjamin Foundation does, The Sleep Out is a very humbling experience and a reminder of just how fortunate we are.”
Registration is now open for Norwich Sleep Out 2017 and Ipswich Sleep Out 2017 but spaces are limited.
To register please go to The Benjamin Foundation’s website page for the event or click on the links above. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 886 933.