Over 100 Sleep Easy participants sleep out raising over £20,000

£22,719.19 has been raised so far for YMCA Lincolnshire as donations continue to come in, we are on track of meeting and potentially surpassing our target of £25,000.

The community can continue to donate via our JustGiving page as we are still accepting donations via www.justgiving.com/campaign/SleepEasy2020. All donations are welcome; we appreciate every single one.

Over 100 people slept out at Lincoln Cathedral for the 11th Annual Sleep Easy Event to raise funds and awareness for homelessness in Lincolnshire. The Sleep Easy event was very popular, as we had sold out all available spaces.

Participants braved the British weather to spend the night sleeping rough so that others don’t have to in the future. The annual sleep-out raises awareness about homelessness as well as encouraging participants to fundraise for YMCA Lincolnshire’s work with some of the most vulnerable in our community. The funds raised will help change and potentially saves people’s lives.

Participants spent the evening sleeping in the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral, with nothing more than a cardboard box for shelter. Funds raised this year will help us continue working with the homeless and ensuring people have essential support at a time when they need it most.

Just like previous years, local businesses continued to support the event, without whom it would not be possible. We are very grateful to Lincoln Cathedral for being so welcoming and allowing us to hold our event at the prestigious building for an 11th year.

The participants ranged from members of the public to teams from the University of Lincoln, Lincolnshire Showground, Gifts from Handpicked, Skipton Building Society, Fine and Country and Make an Entrance, B&Q, YMCA Lincolnshire, Lindum Group, Bottomley Distillers, EBP, Lincolnshire Police, Langleys Solicitors and Lincolnshire County Council.

The event also provides work experience for University of Lincoln Journalism students that helped cover our event and photographing the event as well.

We are also grateful to Spaldings who provided cardboard boxes to assist participants building their overnight shelters, Stokes Tea and Coffee, Running Imp and Rapid Relief Team – who all have also provided support for another year. We would also thank the Lincoln Hotel who provided breakfast for all of our participants.

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Sue Burke and the Civic Party attended to serve Sleep Easy participants breakfast at 6am to our participants.

John Radford, who attended Sleep Easy 2020 said: “It is now so very easy for someone to become homeless, it doesn’t take much to get behind with bills and end up in arrears. Then it’s a short path to the street. I feel lucky that this hasn’t happened to me, but it easily could do.”

“I wish I could change that, but for now I’m supporting all those who voluntarily work to help with those in difficulties.”

Caroline Killeavy, Chief Executive of YMCA Lincolnshire said: “Sleep Easy has been an amazing community effort. From Lincoln Cathedral who hosted our event, to Spaldings who supplied the boxes, Running Imp who provided space blankets, Stokes Tea and Coffee who were on hand with hot drinks, and the fantastic people who spent the night sleeping rough.”

“We couldn’t do it without any of them.”

 

Find pictures of Sleep Easy 2020 below: