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As the countdown to Christmas begins, British Airways i360 and Bishop Sullivan Lettings are inviting members of the public to sleep rough for a night to raise money for The Clock Tower Sanctuary homeless shelter Winter Appeal.
The Big City Sleepout will take place on the British Airways i360 upper boarding deck on Kings Road, on the night of December 18-19. Up to 60 participants will be encouraged to bring just a sleeping bag and mat, a small tent, snacks and a hot drink. Toilets, first aid and security will be provided.
Julian Bishop, director of Bishop Sullivan Lettings on Preston Street, is organising the Big City¬† Sleepout. ‚ÄúA¬† significant number of Brighton & Hove residents are homeless or living in insecure accommodation,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúThis may seem unbelievable in this modern age, but sadly, it is true. It is said you are only five pay packets away from life on the streets – homelessness could happen to anyone.
‚ÄúAt work I enjoy connecting people with homes and I wanted to do something which makes a difference for those without a permanent roof over their heads. I‚Äôm really pleased to be partnering with The Clock Tower Sanctuary and British Airways i360 on this project.‚Äù
The Clock Tower Sanctuary day centre on North Street receives more than 4,000 visits a year from homeless 16-25-year olds. The charity provides practical and emotional support to help move homeless young people from crisis to independence.
Frances Duncan, chief executive, said: ‚ÄúA huge thank you to everyone involved in the Big City Sleepout. The Clock Tower Sanctuary relies on the generosity of the local community to keep our doors open and as the only day centre in Brighton for homeless 16-25-year olds, our services are needed now more than ever. All the money raised by those bold enough to brave the elements for a night will go towards our Urgent Winter Appeal, enabling us to give vulnerable young people a warm welcome and a helping hand when they have nowhere else to turn.‚Äù
Lena Koskela, head of sales and marketing at British Airways i360 said: ‚ÄúMost of us associate Christmas with being warm, indoors and surrounded by our loved ones. Charities tell us that not only is this the coldest time of year for homeless people, it can also be the loneliest as well. We are proud to be working with the Clock Tower Sanctuary and hope people will brave the elements for just one night to raise funds for this essential local work.‚Äù
So how are we going to do this?
The Big City Sleepout
Please use the hashtag¬†#youngcoldalone if posting about this event
18 December 2018 /¬†21:00 start -¬†06:00 finish
How long have I got?¬†
The¬†cut off date to apply is 10 December 2018. You are right that is not much time so get your skates on!
It is free to attend but you must pledge to raise ¬£150 by 18 December 2018. Our target is to raise ¬£9,000 for The Clock Tower Sanctuary’s Winter Appeal.
Where will¬†the¬†money go?
Please direct donations to our JustGiving page by clicking here
We will present a cheque to The Clock Tower Sanctuary once all donations have been received
What do I need to bring?
Well it will be cold and it might be wet,¬†the¬†same problems rough sleepers have every day
You’ll need warm clothing and a sleeping bag. A full thermos, a small 1/2 man tent without pegs and a sleeping mat is recommended as it may rain
Toilets, security and first aid will be provided
Sorry no pets, smoking, drinking or drug taking is permitted
We look forward to seeing you on 18 December!