Calling local residents to come together and sleep rough for one night in March to support local, homeless young people.
YMCA Cheltenham has worked in the town for more than 160 years and is hosting a Sleep Easy fundraiser at the YMCA Sports Centre, Arle Road next Friday, 3 March. Participants sleep in the sports centre car park for the night to not only raise money but also awareness of homelessness.
We will be one of 15 local YMCAs across the country that have joined forces to raise awareness during the first ever national Sleep Easy Week (Friday 3 to Friday 10 March).
Hundreds of supporters are expected to sleep out all over the country raising funds to help YMCA continue to support residents and young people in its services.
We have hosted Sleep Easy nights since 2013 and have raised over £32,000 in that time. Money brought in has helped us provide more than 32,000 bed nights each year for those who are homeless.
It is hoped that this year’s co-ordinated fundraising week will help raise even more funds as the number of rough sleepers of all ages continues to rise and pressures mount on the housing market.
David Wallace, YMCA Cheltenham Chief Executive, said: “YMCAs across the country are holding Sleep Easy events at the same time to raise much needed awareness of the plight of rough sleeping. We know from our experience over the past 161 years that without the support we offer many more people would be sleeping on the streets and have fewer options and reduced opportunity to realise their potential. We are calling on the local community, old and young, to sign up to the YMCA Cheltenham Sleep Easy to help us to continue our support to homeless people in our services today and to extend what we are able to offer in the future. One night out can make a lifetime’s difference to someone who is sleeping rough.”
Other YMCAs signed up to take part in the national Sleep Easy Week include YMCA Exeter, YMCA Mendip, YMCA Somerset Coast, YMCA Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, YMCA East Surrey, YMCA Black Country Group, YMCA Doncaster, YMCA Coventry and Warwickshire, YMCA Bedfordshire, YMCA Lincolnshire, YMCA Norfolk, YMCA Thames Gateway and Southend YMCA.
Click here to register for the YMCA Cheltenham Sleep Easy event.