Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 16:45
Singers, inspirational speakers, campfire tales and homemade pizza-making are all on the menu when fundraisers wrap up warm for the big Sleep Out at the Eden Project.
There is still time for individuals and groups to sign up for the event on November 7 when all money raised will go to two South West homelessness charities, Amber Foundation and St Petroc’s Society.
Among those gathering in the night air will be Sunday Times best-selling author Raynor Winn, whose acclaimed book The Salt Path tells of her and her husband’s experience of suddenly becoming homeless and then walking and wild camping on the South West Coast Path. The story of their emotional journey is to be followed by another book Wild Silence, to be published next spring.
Raynor will be joined by another inspirational woman Mimi Beard, who became homeless in Cornwall when she was just 16.  Mimi turned her turbulent early life around by studying by candlelight and being supported by a technology company. Now at the aged of 21 she is  building a successful career.

Top Cornwall-based singer song-writer Suzie Mac, a great supporter of the homelessness charities, will be performing on the night in the glow of the campfire.

Chefs will ensure that no-one goes hungry by leading homemade pizza-making sessions in the warmth of the Eden Kitchen.

At the end of the evening, Sleep Out fundraisers will be given a cardboard sheet and a paper sleeping bag and bed down under an awning outside the Biomes knowing that their efforts make a vital difference.

This will be the sixth annual Sleep Out on the Eden.  Last year’s event raised a record-breaking £20,000 for the two charities and helped ease the plight of hundreds of people without a permanent roof over their heads.

Sleep Out not only enables the charities to help their clients, it also shines a light on the perennial challenge of homelessness in Cornwall, Devon and across the UK.

St Petroc’s mission is to provide accommodation, support, advice, training and resettlement services to single homeless people in Cornwall.

The Amber Foundation has three residential centres across the South and South West, including Ashley Court in Chawleigh near Crediton, Devon, where it helps unemployed homeless young people.

Dan James, Eden Project Development Director, said: “Eden is proud to support St Petroc’s and Amber Foundation by hosting Sleep Out for the sixth year running.

“There are great talks and music and it’s a chance to get together around a campfire and to make and share supper.  There’s a stimulating evening to be had before bedding down outside.”

Dan added: “There are still some places available at the moment. We urge everyone who wants to make a difference to sign up soon and start fundraising.”

Sleep Out is a nationwide event organised by the End Youth Homelessness (EYH), a national collaboration of grassroots charities and companies that provides vital support to homeless young people across the UK.

According to the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, an estimated 103,000 young people asked for help from their local council in 2017/18 because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness.

To register for the Eden Project event on November 7 go to