As the countdown to Christmas begins, British Airways i360 and Bishop Sullivan Lettings are inviting members of the public to sleep rough for a night to raise money for The Clock Tower Sanctuary homeless shelter.
The Big City Sleepout will take place on the British Airways i360 upper boarding deck on Kings Road, on the night of December 18-19. Up to 60 participants will be encouraged to bring just a sleeping bag and mat, a small tent, snacks and a hot drink. Toilets, first aid and security will be provided.
Homeless in England is reportedly up 169% since 2010.
Julian Bishop, director of Bishop Sullivan Lettings on Preston Street, is organising the Big City Sleepout. “A significant number of Brighton & Hove residents are homeless or living in insecure accommodation,” he said. “This may seem unbelievable in this modern age, but sadly, it is true. It is said you are only five pay packets away from life on the streets – homelessness could happen to anyone.
“At work I enjoy connecting people with homes and I wanted to do something which makes a difference for those without a permanent roof over their heads. I’m really pleased to be partnering with The Clock Tower Sanctuary and British Airways i360 on this project.”
The Clock Tower Sanctuary day centre on North Street receives more than 4,000 visits a year from homeless 16-25-year olds. The charity provides practical and emotional support to help move homeless young people from crisis to independence.
Frances Duncan, chief executive, said: “A huge thank you to everyone involved in the Big City Sleepout. The Clock Tower Sanctuary relies on the generosity of the local community to keep our doors open and as the only day centre in Brighton for homeless 16-25-year olds, our services are needed now more than ever. All the money raised by those bold enough to brave the elements for a night will go towards our Urgent Winter Appeal, enabling us to give vulnerable young people a warm welcome and a helping hand when they have nowhere else to turn.”
Lena Koskela, head of sales and marketing at British Airways i360 said: “Most of us associate Christmas with being warm, indoors and surrounded by our loved ones. Charities tell us that not only is this the coldest time of year for homeless people, it can also be the loneliest as well. We are proud to be working with the Clock Tower Sanctuary and hope people will brave the elements for just one night to raise funds for this essential local work.”
When? 18 – 19 December 2018 – 21:00pm start – 06:00am finish
Where? British Airways i360 upper boarding deck – https://britishairwaysi360.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/
How much? It is free to attend but you must pledge to raise £150 by 18 December 2018. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thebigcitysleepout?utm_term=wKax329yy
Where will the money go? All money raised will go to The Clock Tower Sanctuary’s Urgent Winter Appeal, enabling them to give vulnerable young people a warm welcome and a helping hand, when they have nowhere else to turn.
What do I need to bring? It will be very cold and it might also be wet and windy too; the same problems rough sleepers face every night.
You’ll need warm clothing and a sleeping bag. A full thermos, a small tent without pegs and a sleeping mat are also recommended. Toilets, security and first aid will be provided. Sorry no pets, smoking, drinking or drug taking is permitted.
Places are limited to 60 so make you register your interest soon.
HOW TO APPLY: For more information and to register, please visit – https://bishopsullivan.co.uk/the-big-city-sleepout/