90 People Brave Wintery Conditions in Aid of Homelessness

Over 90 people slept out in Lincoln last night (15th March) raising funds for a new homelessness centre in the city.

YMCA Lincolnshire hosted its tenth Sleep Easy event at Lincoln Cathedral, and over 100 sleepers, volunteers and staff braved rain and wind to take part.

The sponsored sleepers have so far raised £19,000, with all funds going towards building an all-purpose day facility and emergency overnight accommodation for the homeless in Lincoln.

Adam Winfield, who slept out all night, said: “It was so hard to sleep because of the noise. It rained for a long time and along with the damp comes the cold. I just about held out under a thin layer of plastic. I’m so grateful this just for one night, I can’t imagine doing the same night after night.”

Julia Woodthorpe explained why she signed up to take part. She said: “I worked in an NHS/Probation service partnership as a Nurse Practitioner for ten years and our work included clients from Nomad and YMCA.

“There is no such thing as the poor or homeless who ‘deserve it’. You have to work out the root causes and that’s what needs tackling. I will always do what I can to help.”

The generosity of local people means that the fundraising total for the event is still increase. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/sleepeasy.

Caroline Killeavy, Chief Executive at YMCA Lincolnshire said: “Our tenth Sleep Easy, which comes in YMCA Lincolnshire’s anniversary year, has been the biggest and most successful event yet.

“There is always an amazing show of support from our local community and this year is no different. On behalf of everyone at YMCA Lincolnshire and Nomad I would like to thank everyone who took part, volunteered and donated time and money at this year’s Sleep Easy.”

For more information about YMCA Lincolnshire or the Nomad project, email fundraising@lincsymca.co.uk.

Over 90 people slept out in Lincoln last night (15th March) raising funds for a new homelessness centre in the city.

YMCA Lincolnshire hosted its tenth Sleep Easy event at Lincoln Cathedral, and over 100 sleepers, volunteers and staff braved rain and wind to take part.

The sponsored sleepers have so far raised £19,000, with all funds going towards building an all-purpose day facility and emergency overnight accommodation for the homeless in Lincoln.

Adam Winfield, who slept out all night, said: “It was so hard to sleep because of the noise. It rained for a long time and along with the damp comes the cold. I just about held out under a thin layer of plastic. I’m so grateful this just for one night, I can’t imagine doing the same night after night.”

Julia Woodthorpe explained why she signed up to take part. She said: “I worked in an NHS/Probation service partnership as a Nurse Practitioner for ten years and our work included clients from Nomad and YMCA.

“There is no such thing as the poor or homeless who ‘deserve it’. You have to work out the root causes and that’s what needs tackling. I will always do what I can to help.”

The generosity of local people means that the fundraising total for the event is still increase. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/sleepeasy.

Caroline Killeavy, Chief Executive at YMCA Lincolnshire said: “Our tenth Sleep Easy, which comes in YMCA Lincolnshire’s anniversary year, has been the biggest and most successful event yet.

“There is always an amazing show of support from our local community and this year is no different. On behalf of everyone at YMCA Lincolnshire and Nomad I would like to thank everyone who took part, volunteered and donated time and money at this year’s Sleep Easy.”

For more information about YMCA Lincolnshire or the Nomad project, email fundraising@lincsymca.co.uk.