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The Big Sleep 2018

Support The Big Sleep 2018

The Big Sleep is coming up again to raise awareness of homelessness in our town (numbers are rising) as well as raising funds for the Seaview Project, who support those on the margins of society. You can take part: either as a participant, sleeping outside for a night in a cardboard box – or as a sponsor, or make a donation! Every contribution gratefully received and appreciated. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

Yes, this is a tough challenge, but one that demonstrates in a small yet very significant and sincere way, our solidarity and care of those less fortunate that ourselves – and gives us a tiny insight into what it might be like to sleep rough.

I volunteered to help at the registration desk at The Big Sleep 2017. Staff were a bit concerned, as the numbers seemed to have halved from  the previous couple of years. Might people have compassion fatigue?  And there was talk that it would probably be the final year – at least for a while.

However, once the money from all the participants and generous sponsors was counted, it turned out that even more money had been raised. So, it’s that time again: to find your blankets, duvet, all in one sleep suit, sleeping bag and sign up to take up for The Big Sleep.

Stay at home in the warm?

And if you’d prefer to stay in your bed – you can still help out by sending a donation or sponsoring someone who is sleeping – or more than likely not sleeping – rough this year.

All the details can be seen here: The Big Sleep 2018.

Sign up here – as an individual or as a team.

Donate, sponsor and fund raise here.

If you’d like to help out in any other way, please contact the Seaview Project. (Scroll down to find out more about the project.)

The Big Sleep 2018

What is the Seaview Project?

The other day, a friend talked to me about ‘the system’ and how “no-one f***ing cares in this town”.  I then spoke to them about Annie Whelan and her team at the Seaview Project, people I know and have met, who do,  oh so genuinely, generously and sincerely, care. I know they’re not the only example of people who care – this town thrives and blossoms because of all the people who care.

The project works with those in our town who live on the margins, on the periphery, the more unloved humans amongst us. Those who’re homeless, have serious substance misuse problems, severe mental health difficulties, are ex-prisoners, etc… and the staff work really hard to help give these people a chance to get back on their feet.

All the money raised goes to help keep The Seaview Project afloat.

Posted 19:48 Monday, Sep 17, 2018 In: Campaigns

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