We’re excited to announce our second Big Sleep Out. After much success at last year’s event in Queen’s Gardens, we are back with another fabulous fundraiser.

This time we’re taking over Eastmount Community Centre to raise awareness and funds for the rough sleepers in our city. We’re also extending the invitation to families and young children. Last year it was a 16+ only event, but with a more secure space, children are welcome to camp out for the night.

The event will take place on Friday 18 August and is set to be an intimate evening for families to enjoy and encounter something a little different. It’s a great chance for parents to introduce the topic of homelessness and the issues surrounding it to their little ones.

Olivia Rylands will be leading survival skills workshops for kids and their families, and there will also be some outdoor games. Meanwhile, acoustic music will be performed by local artists. Tents are permitted but not necessary if you want to truly experience what rough sleeping is like.

“We want to open up discussions about homelessness, as well as some of the related problems,” explains CEO Andrew Smith. “It’s about providing young people with life knowledge and helping them to grow up, understanding the world and the people around them.” After raising just under £2,000 last year, we’re hoping that we can make even more of a difference to those affected by homelessness in Hull in 2017.

If you want to be a part of this incredible event, you can email Andrew at info@hullhomeless.co.uk to receive a sponsor form. Sponsorships are a minimum £50 per person and the challenge lasts from 9pm on Friday until 7am the following morning.

“Sleepers will have the chance to open up and chat about their experiences with homelessness,” Andrew continues. “After this experience, you will definitely have a greater appreciation for what rough sleepers go through night after night. Hopefully, the children will pass on this knowledge to the next generation and help spread the important message.”