Stonepillow Big Sleep Out: How you can get involved

A boy in his shelter for the sleepout
A boy in his shelter for the sleepout

In the lead up to Stonepillow's Big Sleep Out 2019, the homeless charity has told residents how they can get involved.

The sleepout will take place on Saturday October 19 in the grounds of Chichester Cathedral and the charity has said there are still space for people to join in.

Participants preparing for a Sleepout on the cathedral green

Participants preparing for a Sleepout on the cathedral green

Hilary Bartle, Stonepillow chief executive said: "The Big Sleep Out is our annual flagship event which sees individuals, groups and businesses in the community coming together to help us end rough sleeping. No one should be sleeping on the streets and we urge people to sign up and help us make a difference. We would like to say a huge thank you to Kiwi Recruitment for sponsoring the event."

Participants brave a night in cardboard shelters in return for sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues to help raise vital funds for the charity and increase awareness of homelessness in the local area.

The event kicks off with live performances on the Cathedral Green at 2:00pm, as everyone arrives to start building their cardboard shelters before putting them to the test for the night.

The charity aims to support and empower homeless and vulnerable people to achieve sustainable independence and well-being. It supports people 365 days a year in Chichester, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton and has 97 clients in their accommodation on any given evening. This year marks Stonepillow’s 30th anniversary and they hope to raise £30,000 to support the work they do.

It’s not too late to sign up, register now at www.stonepillow.org.uk. Registration is £15 per person and includes food, refreshments and entertainment. For 20 per cent off use promo code ‘OCTOBER’ at checkout.

Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and download and complete a Parental Consent Form from the website.

The event does not aim to replicate homelessness, but it can give people a small insight into some of the realities of rough sleeping.

For more information, contact Stonepillow on 01243 537934 or fundraising@stonepillow.org.uk.