Date: 
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:00

The Eden Project is looking for brave participants to take part in its charity Sleep Out on November 9.

Volunteers will face the chill of a winter’s night with nothing more than sleeping bags and cardboard mats to see them through until morning.

The aim is to raise funds and generate awareness for two South West homelessness charities – St Petroc’s Society and the Amber Foundation. 

Sleep Out is a nationwide event organised by the End Youth Homelessness campaign (EYH) which is a national partnership of grassroots charities and companies.

The national campaign raised more than £900,000 for homelessness charities last year to support some of the 83,000 young people who experience homelessness in the UK every year.

More than 100 people took part in Eden’s annual Sleep Out last year.

This year’s event will feature entertainment from the Suzie Mac Trio made up of Truro-based singer and songwriter Suzie Mac, Richard James, a talented guitarist and singer from Devon, and Adam In The Hat, a funk and soul singer also from Devon.

A short film made by Falmouth University students featuring a group of people who have been helped by St Petroc’s and Amber will be shown on the night.

There will also be cookery workshops themed on food waste, campfire tales, a chance to skate on Eden’s ice rink and hot food and drinks.

Jess Rawlings, Project Manager of Sleep Out at Eden, said: “We are thrilled with the continued engagement with and support of Eden’s Sleep Out event and hope to see a record year of fundraising which will help battle homelessness in the South West.

“The event does not aim to replicate homelessness but it does seek to highlight some of the gruesome realities that many thousands of homeless people face every day – the cold, the damp, the noise, and the difficulty of meeting day-to-day needs with little sleep or rest.”

Judith Dumbrell, Director of Finance at St Petroc’s, said: “Cornwall has the third highest number of rough sleepers in the UK and this event helps not only raise awareness, but also valuable funds to help those who, for whatever reason, find themselves homeless.

“The funding raised through this Sleep Out is used to help St Petroc’s Cold Weather Provision programme. Last year 59 people used the service of which 42 were then able to be rehoused. The continued support is a valuable resource for the charity.”

Claire Miller, Regional Fundraiser for the Amber Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Eden Project on Sleep Out again this year. It is such a special event, in a beautiful location and it really helps to raise awareness of the issues around youth homelessness and the work of our charity.

“The funds raised from this event are so important to us and we are very grateful to all the people who support us – they really are helping to transform young lives. We are really looking forward to the event and meeting everyone.”

Online registration for the Eden Sleepout is now open and there are 100 spaces in total. Registration costs £15 and participants are encouraged to raise at least £200 for either St Petroc’s Society or the Amber Foundation.  For more information and to register visit www.edenproject.com/sleepout.

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