9 December 2015

Event date: Friday 26 February 2016

Locations: Memorial Gardens, Union Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 London and Holy Trinity Church, The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB London.

What is it about: Have you ever thought about how it feels, not having a safe house and a comfy bed to go to when night-time comes? How would you keep warm? Where would you go, and what would you eat?

What is Sleep Easy?

Sleep Easy is a fundraising challenge where you by ‘sleeping rough so others don’t have to’, will help us raise awareness of homelessness issues in the local community.

By also raising sponsorship from your colleagues, friends and family, you will be supporting our work with vulnerable people across south west London.

Watch a video from the 2015 Sleep Easy event here.

Who is it for?

The two Sleep Easy fundraising events in Kingston and Wimbledon are suitable for children aged 12 and above, however participants under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult and/ or have written permission from parents or a carer.

Classic and Extreme challenges

New in 2016, is the option to choose between taking part in the ‘classic’ Sleep Easy event or to take part in a new and tougher ‘extreme’ version where you will really get to feel how challenging a night of sleeping rough can be.

In the Sleep Easy Extreme challenge you will have to take part in different challenges to earn hot drinks, food refreshments and to be allowed to use a sleeping bag.

Early bird offer until 10 January

Both the Sleep Easy Classic and Sleep Easy Extreme versions will be starting at 7pm and finishing with breakfast at 6am the next morning.

Early bird entry fee until 10 January 2016 is only £10 for the Sleep Easy Classic (35 for 12-17 year olds), and £15 for Sleep Easy Extreme (over 17’s only).

Sign up

Register via Eventbrite.

Sign up for the Kingston Sleep Easy event.
Sign up here for the Wimbledon Sleep Easy event.

Sponsorship

By taking part in the Sleep Easy event, we also hope that you will help us raise money towards our work with homeless people in the local community.

We have not set up a sponsor page as such as we normally leave that to the individual. We recommend you set up a Virgin Giving account.

If you already have an online fundraising page you would like to use, or if you have any questions, please contact SarahWard@ymcalsw.org

If you would rather collect sponsorship money from people direct, please contact us to receive a hard copy of the sponsorship form.

Text EASY00 to 70070

You can also get people to sponsor the event by asking them to text EASY00 followed by the amount they would like to donate, to 70070.

Last year

In March 2015, 160 people turned up to show they care for vulnerable people in their community in Kingston and Wimbledon. People of all ages and backgrounds took part in the sleep out, the youngest participant being only 8 years old and the oldest well into her 70s.

Cardboard reunion

Two of the ‘rough sleepers’ taking part in Sleep Easy in 2015, were  old school friends Jo Kemp and Lee Gurten, who decided to join the Kingston event together after not having seen each other for nearly three decades.

Sleep-easy-2016---Jo-and-LeeI have previously volunteered for Crisis at Christmas, and was originally going to do the Sleep Easy alone”, Jo said. “I wanted to get a perspective of what it is that homeless people are going through and it’s been an eye opener for sure.”

Lee explains how he in a moment of “giddiness” saw Jo’s post on Facebook about Sleep Easy and decided to join her, although they hadn’t seen each other since the school days 26 years ago.

Initially it was funny, but not anymore. It’s cold, and it feels very real. I have led a very lucky life. I haven’t really had any contact with any homeless people, so I wouldn’t know what it is they go through” Lee said.

Taking part really makes us realise how lucky we are”, Jo said.

Although this wasn’t really the way I imagined we’d meet again after all these years!” Lee laughed.

Support from local politicians

Shas Sheehan, Wimbledon’s Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner, was one of those taking part at Sleep Easy in Wimbledon. She was delighted to raise nearly £600 through her sponsorship page. She said:

Sleep-easy-2016---Shas-SheehanThere are all sorts of reasons why someone becomes homeless, and our local charities work tirelessly to help them through difficult times. They also invest a great dealof thought and energy to helping them get their lives back on track. As a volunteer with the Wimbledon Faith in Action Homeless Project, I know the highly motivated team in Wimbledon well – and admire their commitment, energy and drive.

“It may not be the most fun way to spend a Friday night on the town, but I certainly got a small taste of what it’s like to be down and out. It was apparently only down to six degrees on Friday night, but that was more than cold enough.

Want to know more?

Watch this video from last year’s event:

For further details, contact Sarah Ward, Fundraising Officer.

E: SarahWard@ymcalsw.org
M: 07825 453946

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