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The Big Sleep 2017

The Big Sleep 2017: Council Leader Peter Chowney, Cllr Nigel Sinden (now the Hastings Mayor) with Hastings Borough Council staff. Photo Credit: John Stiles.

The Big Sleep 2018

The Seaview Project in St Leonards on Sea presents their annual Sponsored Sleep Out, raising funds and awareness of homelessness. You can participate as an individual or as a team – or you can sponsor one of the participants or make a donation. Every penny goes direct to Seaview and will support those who live on the margins of our community. 

For 33 years Seaview Project 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 will enable participants to engage with the reality of bedding down for the night with only a cardboard box and sleeping bag for warmth. Building on the success of last years Big Sleep (which raised over £25,000) registration is now open if you wish to join in. 

The entertainment is free and open to all between 8pm and 10pm, featuring music from Bobby Fuegos Fat Fingers of FunkBand and The Haystingers and hosted by TV and Radio Presenter Kevin Devine. Exclusively for those sleeping out there will be an unplugged gig around the brazier with King Size Slim.





Registration is now open at The Big Sleep 2018.  

The sleep out is a ticketed event (for those who have registered by midday 27 September and reached the £25 target) which commences at 10pm in our cardboard city on the Stade. Hot drinks will be available throughout the night with porridge served the following morning.

King Size Slim performing around the brazier

King Size Slim performing around the brazier Photo John Stiles

Details for those wishing to take part

Head to The Big Sleep 2018 and sign up as an individual or a team. Corporate teams can request an Employee Engagement Tips factsheet, donated by People Lab, the employee engagement specialists.

There are prizes to be won for top fundraisers and Sponsorship Incentives return this year too: raise £75 or more and receive a Big Sleep T-shirt; raise £150 and get a Big Sleep hoodie. Prizes will be announced on the night for the biggest individual and team fundraisers.

For young people under the age of 18 who would like to replicate the Big Sleep experience, why not consider sleeping out in your or a friends garden? All you need to do is seek permission from a parent or guardian to hold your own sleep out on the 28 September, raise a minimum of £25 and we will provide you with a Big Sleep cardboard box, a free hat, badge, soup and porridge pot. For more details please contact the Big Sleep team on

We have corporate fundraising opportunities available, so if your company would like to support the event in exchange for a promotional banner or logo placement on our merchandise, please contact us to request a Business Sponsorship Pack. Business sponsorship means all cash raised by the Big Sleepers goes directly towards Seaviews frontline services working with the homeless and vulnerable.

PreviousSponsors include : Foreshore Trust, Undercliffe House, Half Man Half Burger, Hastings Lions, Harvest Green, FILO, Ashdown Hurrey, Symes Roofing, Hastings Round Table, Kings Church and Dynamic Scaffolding.

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 Seaview Project

Seaview is an open access wellbeing centre that helps those living on the margins of society, and the only one of its kind in Hastings and St Leonards. Most clients experience problems with their accommodation ie. live in inadequate accommodation, sofa surf and/or sleep rough on the streets. Due to reductions in government funding in recent years, Seaview relies more and more on donations.

Seaview provides affordable meals and drinks; emergency food parcels; free clothes store and household goods store; free showers, haircuts and laundry facilities; dedicated rough sleeper workers; regular access to a nurse and podiatrist; and a range of activities to help and encourage people to reach their full potential. Seaview works with almost 1,400 people a year, and in the last year alone served more than 8,600 hot, affordable meals.

For more information about Seaview, please visit The Seaview Project.

(4 July: Image below has been updated – please take note of correct date. Thank you.)

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