Sleep Easy 2020: Completed! - YMCA DownsLink Group

Sleep Easy 2020: Completed!

Young people sleeping outside

It may have taken a few twists and turns along the way, but Sleep Easy 2020 finally took place on Friday 9 October, raising £35,000!

A restyled Sleep Easy

Originally scheduled for March this year, we had to postpone and reformat the event entirely due to coronavirus and restrictions on movement. This led to it being our most accessible event yet, asking participants to spend one night sleeping anywhere but their bed to raise money through sponsorship to tackle the causes of youth homelessness.

It was also open to all ages for the first time – with over 100 children signing up (including our youngest participant – a three month old baby!).

Elvis Presley, a Detective Dog and fire dance

Our fun-filled virtual evening went ahead with no major tech hiccups! We had an incredibly enthusiastic Elvis Presley, bedtime stories from Floella Benjamin and Julia Donaldson and handed the mic over to some of our young people to share their experiences directly. You can here from Jack below:

There were also brilliant live sessions from our family mediation and mental health teams- giving supporters the opportunity to hear directly from staff about the youth homelessness prevention work we do. We also uncovered a hidden talent from our resident chaplain/fire dancer Samantha! Check out her impressive fire dancing here.

You can still get involved

Thank you to everyone who has so far supported Sleep Easy – we have been heartened to see the response from our local communities.

You can still help tackle the causes of youth homelessness by donating here – every single £ makes a difference. Thank you.


YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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