Date: 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 10:45

Vital funds for homelessness charities will be raised at a sponsored Sleep Out at the Eden Project this November.

Local charities St Petroc’s Society and the Amber Foundation are urging people to sign up for the event to raise cash and awareness for those regularly spending the night without a roof over their heads.

Participants will endure a cold wintry night in front of the Biomes with just a sleeping bag and cardboard mat for the Sleep Out on Thursday, November 15. There will be overhead cover in case it rains.
The event is not solely about endurance. Before bedding down for the night participants will be treated to live music, short films and talks as well as cookery workshops, hot food and drinks and campfire tales.

This year will see the fifth Sleep Out at the Eden Project. Last year around 100 fundraisers took part.

Dave Brown, Communications Manager for St Petroc’s, said: “We are so pleased to be part of this fantastic project again this year. The Eden Sleep Out provides us with a chance to work with people in Cornwall who actively want to help us in our campaign – Let’s End Street Homelessness in Cornwall.

“Participants brave the cold and have an uncomfortable, sleepless November night. They then have to face the next day as usual, with an understanding of what our clients have been through.

“Last year we were the only area in England to reduce the numbers of rough sleepers. The funds raised through this event helps us to do that. Shortly after the event we will be heading into our Cold Weather Provision, a pop-up winter night shelter. Last year we provided shelter for 91 people who had no other option, across 71 nights.”

Rebecca Fry, South West Fundraising Manager for the Amber Foundation, said: “Amber supports young people who find themselves with no roof over their heads with more than just a temporary home. Our programme provides all the support and opportunities they need to turn their lives around.

“The Eden Sleep Out is such a unique event in a stunning location. We are thrilled to be part of it in the event’s fifth year. The event is very important to us as it not only raises money to support Amber’s work with some of the most vulnerable young people in the region, it really helps raise awareness of the wider issues surrounding youth homelessness.”

Jess Rawlings, Project Manager of the Sleep Out at Eden, said: “We’re asking for as many people as possible to step outside of their comfort zone for just one night and get an insight into some of the challenges faced by people who are homeless.

“Anyone can take part – whether you’re an individual, a group of friends, colleagues or family members. It’s so wonderful to be able to produce an event that enables St Petroc’s Society and Amber Foundation to make a direct difference to those who need it in Devon and Cornwall. This is all down to the continued engagement, support and generosity of everyone who takes part in the Sleep Out.”

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

Sleep Out is taking place at the Eden Project on Thursday, November 15, from 6pm. Interested participants are urged to sign up soon as places are limited.

To sign up and take part in the event, go here: https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/eden-sleep-out.