All across the country, on Thursday 1st April, people will be giving up their beds for one night to sleep out at home – on the sofa, floor, or somewhere safe outside – each pledging to raise or donate £100 to fight homelessness across the UK.
We’re thrilled to be involved in this year’s Big Easter Sleepout At Home, which is being organised by CEO Sleepout, a charity set up to fight homelessness and poverty. Their fight is funded with money raised by individuals, business and community leaders.
On 1 April, families and colleagues across the country will give up their warm beds to literally ‘sleep out’ somewhere safe inside or outside their home. They’ll join their fellow participants virtually via video link on the night, with fun activities to keep them motivated and warm.
CEO Sleepout is working with charities fighting homelessness in cities across the UK to bring people from the local community together virtually, to spend the night under the stars and experience a little of what those without homes go through every single night. They’ll also learn about the challenges faced by charities during lockdown, continuing to provide accommodation, food and support to help those who have been pulled into destitution and homelessness to get back on their feet.
Bianca Robinson, chief executive at CEO Sleepout, said: “Although it’s only for one night, and doesn’t come close to what homeless people experience night after night, The Big Easter Sleepout At Home is intended to raise awareness and lots of money to tackle the rising tide of homelessness we’re seeing as a result of the pandemic and lockdown measures.
“We’re inviting mums, dads and families, students, office teams and compassionate people from across the UK to take part in what is sure to be a memorable and rewarding night.”
Beneficiaries include Emmanuel House, the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, The Phoenix Foundation Liverpool, Buses4Homeless, North East Homeless, Barnabus Manchester, Greater Change in London and The Friary in Nottingham.
Since the charity was founded in 2013, CEO Sleepout events have been held at venues across the country, including at Wembley Stadium, St James’ Park Newcastle, Old Trafford cricket ground, The Alnwick Garden and Lord’s Cricket Ground. Its events have raised more than £2.8 million to date. But since strict lockdown restrictions have come into effect, the charity has had to innovate, successfully pivoting to virtual events.
Last year, over 400 big-hearted volunteers gave up their beds and slept on their living room floor or in their gardens – raising a combined total of over £60,000. The big-hearted volunteers gave up their beds and slept on their living room floor or in their gardens – raising a combined total of over £60,000.
How to get involved and raise money for Emmanuel House
- Email email@example.com to register your interest.
- The team at CEO Sleepout will ask you to set up a Virgin Money Giving page and will support you with your fundraising activity.
- If you select Emmanuel House as your chosen charity, 75% of your fundraising total will go to us and help us to support those who are homeless, rough sleeping, in crisis or at risk of homelessness.