Locals show their support for the homeless by sleeping on the streets at this year's Sleep Easy event
On January 25th 2014 a village made of cardboard shelters will emerge on the Memorial Gardens in Kingston and outside Holy Trinity Church in Wimbledon, when participants in this year’s Sleep Easy set up their homes for the night.
A national YMCA fundraising event, Sleep Easy aims to raise awareness about homelessness issues and raise funds for local YMCA projects in London South West. Starting at 7pm and finishing with breakfast at 6am the next morning, locals will stick it out in the cold, sleeping under the stars in aid of a great cause.
This will be the fifth year that YMCA London South West, in partnership with Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness (KCAH) and Everyday Church and Faith in Action, invite people to ‘sleep rough so others don’t have to’.
Hopes are high for 2014 to be the biggest gathering of ‘rough sleepers’ in the history of the Sleep Easy event, with up to 250 people turning up to show they care for vulnerable people in their community.
Over the last four years, Sleep Easy has raised almost £65.000 and as many as 500 people have attended the events.
There will be a wide variety of activities to take place during the night, including entertainment, games and a shelter building competition.
“Sleep Easy is a really enjoyable and challenging event; it has a huge impact on people who are not as fortunate as those taking part” says Sarah Ward, fundraising Officer at YMCA LSW.
Will you take part?
£10 for adults and £5 for under 18's. For this sum participants get their own Sleep Easy beanie hat, hot drinks, soup and breakfast.
Visit ymcalsw.org/Sites/space/news/sleep-easy-2014 if follow @YMCALSW for updates on Twitter. Connect with the hashtag #Sleepeasy.
Like ‘YMCALondonSouthWest’ on Facebook, and attend the Sleep Easy Facebook Event for more information and frequent updates.