Record number of participants for this year’s Big Sleep Out
Nearly 200 people have signed up to take part in Trinity Winchester’s Big Sleep Out on Friday 11th May.
This will be the sixth Big Sleep Out in Winchester, and the events have raised over £100,000 for homelessness charities to date. For the first time ever, the event is being hosted at Wolvesey, in the Bishop of Winchester’s gardens. People who are interested in the event are being encouraged to sign up soon to make sure not to miss out.
Lucy Tennant, Events and Community Fundraiser at Trinity Winchester, said: “This is set to be the biggest sleep out yet, with over 200 people taking on the challenge of sleeping outside to raise money to support homeless and vulnerable people. We cannot begin to imagine the realities of sleeping rough — and this event does not intend to — but every penny raised through sponsorship will be put back into providing long-term support for people who have no choice but to sleep outside night after night.”
As well as the challenge of sleeping out, there will be a free celebration evening in the grounds of Wolvesey between 7pm and 10pm. All are welcome to attend and listen to live music, enjoy meals from local caterers, and support those who are bedding down for the night. Sponsored by Rathbones, and supported by Hampshire County Councillors Dominic Hiscock and Martin Tod, the Big Sleep Out offers the community a chance to come together to support a local charity. Wolvesey will be transformed for the night under the stars, as participants create cardboard shelters to sleep in.
For more information and to register, please visit www.trinitywinchester.org.uk/bigsleepout.