Cheltenham MP, Alex Chalk, has helped to launch Cheltenham’s fifth annual Sleep Out event and pledged to spend another night sleeping in a cardboard box to raise awareness of homelessness and vital funds for Cheltenham YMCA who provide almost 90 beds every night of the year to some of Cheltenham and Gloucester’s most vulnerable people.
Alex, who took part in the event in 2015 and 2016, will once again be dragging out his sleeping bag and thermals to join other brave participants in what Cheltenham YMCA are certain is going to be the biggest and best event to date.
Homelessness is on the increase, and despite opening a brand new 73 bed accommodation building in 2014(?), Cheltenham YMCA is still having to turn people away as they have not enough rooms for all those who are needing a warm and safe place to stay. Many of the YMCA’s residents have experience of sleeping rough, or have had to flee their homes because of domestic and other forms of abuse, or relationship breakdown, and many other reasons. In addition to providing accommodation, Cheltenham YMCA also supports residents by providing counselling, help with substance and alcohol problems, budgeting and debt management, as well as gaining training and skills for employment.
Sleep Easy 2017 will be held on Friday, 3rd March 2017 at the YMCA Sports Centre in Arle Road, Cheltenham. Entry costs just £10 and participants are encouraged to raise £100 in sponsorship money.
Are you looking for a challenge in 2017, where you can also be helping someone to get their life back on track? Are you capable of braving the elements for just one night so that someone else can have a safe place to stay every night? If so, sign up today – places are limited!
To book your place at Cheltenham’s biggest annual sleep out event, click here.