We want to thank the 177 people who slept out in Brighton & Hove, Horsham, Guildford and the University of Surrey campus for Sleep Easy on Friday 16 March 2018.
Thanks to the fantastic fundraising efforts of everyone who took part we have passed our fundraising target of £50k, and reached a dizzy £62,404! The money raised will make a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable and homeless people.
Chas Walker, CEO of YMCA DLG, said, “On one of the coldest nights of the year, when many local authorities were implementing severe weather warning protocols to try and protect rough sleepers, 177 of our supporters were taking part in the YMCA DLG Sleep Easy event. They braved freezing temperatures to sleep out and raise awareness of the issue of homelessness and funds for the work of YMCA DownsLink Group and the Galvanise Brighton & Hove campaign. We are so thankful for the great work of all those involved.”
Caroline Stearman, one of our YMCA DLG Board members, joined the Sleep Easy in the grounds of Guildford Castle. She said, “The whole experience was a significant eye opener to the challenge of homelessness. It was thought provoking from start to finish, particularly as I was packing my stuff on Saturday morning and thinking that I could pop home for a warm shower and cosy warm day at home. It hit me that those with no home have no choice to do that. I am delighted that I was able to take part.”
All money raised through Sleep Easy 2018 will be used to change lives:
In Horsham donations for Sleep Easy will go towards YMCA DLG’s Life Change Fund. This makes funds available to young people in specific need who are otherwise prevented from taking up an opportunity, eg for training or education, that will be a significant step forward for them.
In Brighton & Hove we are working in partnership with other organisations on an initiative called Galvanise Brighton & Hove to find creative solutions to homelessness. £17,500 of the £35,000 raised from the Brighton & Hove sleep out will go to GalvaniseBH. £11,000 of this money is going towards resettling a small number of rough sleepers into their own homes, in partnership with a local fund helping rough sleepers access private sector accommodation.
In Guildford Sleep Easy funds will be added to the Life Change Fund as well as used for activities that will engage and inspire residents living in YMCA supported housing.
Further donations are welcome at www.bit.ly/SleepEasyGive