Sleep Out to help homeless people

Just Regional
Oct 31, 2016 3 mins read

The Benjamin Foundation is calling on people to get involved with their biggest fundraising event of the year – Norwich Sleep Out 2016.

The challenge of spending a night sleeping outside gives an insight into the issue homelessness and money is raised through sponsorship.

Building on last year’s success where 70 people took part, the target this year is for 150 people to get involved.  The main event will take place at Marsh on Queens Road in Norwich on Friday, November 11, from 7pm until 7am the next day.  Additionally, for the first time, people are also invited to organise their own, separate, Do Your Own Sleep Out, which can take place any time during November.

Norwich Sleep Out, now in its second year, is part of the End Youth Homelessness Campaign which is supported by a network of UK regional charities.  More than £17,000 was raised for The Benjamin Foundation thanks to Sleep Out last year, all of which has been used locally by the charity.

Chris Elliott, marketing and fundraising manager at The Benjamin Foundation, said: “As well as our main event, this year we’re excited to give people the chance to take part in a new way.  Do Your Own Sleep Out is a really flexible way for anyone to be involved, including children. Families might want do this in their garden, schools could plan a Sleep Out in the school hall or playground; clubs like Brownies or Scouts could perhaps dedicate a camp night as a Do Your Own Sleep Out.  It’s up to each individual group, as to where and when they’d like to do it.  There are lots of possibilities.”

Find out all the details at http://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/do-your-own-sleep-out.  The Twitter hashtag for the night is #TBFSleepOut and people can share photos from their event on Facebook ‘The Benjamin Foundation’, Twitter @CharityTBF and email them to chris.elliott@benjaminfoundation.co.uk.


All money raised will go to The Benjamin Foundation, which helps thousands of local people each year.  The charity delivers services in Norfolk and more recently into Suffolk, providing services that give people hope, stability, opportunity and independence.  To take part in the main event, there is a £25 registration fee and at least a further £100 needs to be raised via sponsorship.

For more information and to register for Norwich Sleep Out, visit  benjaminfoundation.co.uk/sleep-out or contact Chris Elliott on chris.elliott@benjaminfoundation.co.uk or 01603 886 933.

Just regional editor Gay Webster will be wrapping up warm to take part on November 11. She said: “It’s a small way of finding out what some people have to go through every night and a chance to raise some money for a great cause. If you want to give me a few quid to help, you can find me here.” http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GayWebster

 Chris Elliott, DonnaTomlinson & Joanna Storey at last year's event

Chris Elliott, Donna Tomlin & Joanna Storey all ready for this year’s event.

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