On Friday 7th October 2016, homeless charity Glass Door will host its fourth annual Sleep Out event with Duke of York Square, Chelsea. Hundreds of people are expected to brave the wet and windy weather and spend a night sleeping on the pavement to raise money for homeless shelters in West London.
This year’s Sleep Out aims to help fund an expansion of shelters in West London, following last year’s event, which raised over £160,000 with a record 260 people taking part.
Last year, following the success of the Sleep Out, caseworkers supported 162 individuals into work and helped 122 more find permanent housing. Glass Door also hopes the event will help raise awareness of homelessness. Those who take part experience a small taste of some of the difficulties that so many people who are homeless in the Capital have to deal with: the freezing cold, the vulnerability, and the difficulty of carrying on your day with little sleep – giving people a better understanding of the importance of readily available emergency accommodation and support.
Glass Door aims to recruit at least 300 people for this year’s Sleep Out, who will give up their beds for the night of 7 October 2016. There is no registration fee, nor fundraising minimum, but the charity encourages participants to aim to raise around £500 in sponsorship funds.