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The Big Sleep 2019

The Big Sleep for Seaview 2019

The Seaview Project’s annual sponsored sleep takes place on Friday 27 September, raising awareness and vital funds for some of the town’s most vulnerable people and there are still some boxes left for more sleepers to take part. Sue Burgess writes.  

For over 30 years, Seaview has been supporting some of the most vulnerable people in Hastings and St Leonards, most of whom experience problems with their accommodation. The reality of sleeping rough is not something experienced by the majority of people, and albeit for one night only, The Big Sleep enables participants to engage with the reality of bedding down for the night with only a cardboard box and sleeping bag for warmth.

Big Sleep 2018

Big Sleep 2018

Entertainment on the night is exclusively for sleepers, with added performers and more time in the cardboard city before bedtime. Brand new for 2019 is a ‘Speaker’s Corner’ area for sleepers to engage with Seaview staff, discuss the issues affecting Seaview clients and the services available.

There will also be an exhibition on display from Awareness for Action volunteer and photographer, John Stiles, called ‘No Labels’. Stiles explains ”The idea behind the exhibition was to try and show the viewers the character and personality of the people who visit Seaview; to look beyond labels and see the individual.”

As with previous years, the event will take place from 8pm-7am with soup available in the evening and porridge served at 6.30am.

Entertainment on the night comes from Hayley Savage, Keith and Harry Osbourne, King Size Slim and Ed Boxall.

image002Registration is open now at The Big Sleep 2019.

For more details about the Seaview, click on this link.

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Big Sleep 2018

Big Sleep 2018

Details for those wishing to take part

Head to Big Sleep 2019 and sign up as an individual or a team. £25 per person must be raised to secure a cardboard box.

Our biggest individual and team fundraisers will both receive prizes on the night and there will also be Big Sleep merchandise available to purchase at the event.

The Big Sleep is also looking for business sponsorship to help cover the costs of the event to ensure all sponsorship raised by the Big Sleepers goes directly towards Seaview’s frontline services working with the homeless and vulnerable.

Big Sleep 2018

Big Sleep 2018

The Big Sleep organisers are extremely grateful to the Foreshore Trust, Lions Club of Hastings and the FILO for sponsoring the event and if your business or group is interested in supporting the Big Sleep please contact for more information.

The Big Sleep is organised by the Seaview Awareness 4 Action Group – A4A – comprised of a group of volunteers who are passionate about the work of Seaview.

The Big Sleep 2019

The Big Sleep 2019


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Posted 09:29 Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 In: Hastings People

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