The Big Sleep 2023
The Big Sleep 2023 will take place on Tuesday 28th March at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University in aid of The Bridge Homelessness to Hope!
Sleeping out for the night might be fun, but for many people this is an every night reality, and is why The Bridge Homelessness to Hope are once again spending a night sleeping outside to fundraise for their much-needed and important work with the homeless community.
The Bridge Homelessness To Hope is an outreach to the lost and lonely of Leicester, to the homeless and to those who just have nowhere to go and no one to turn to.
By participating in this event, you are helping to support the vital work we do, which includes providing:
A Breakfast and Lunch Service
Access to Hot Showers
Clothing and Toiletries
Washing and Drying Facilities
We also have three Case Workers, who will look to support our guests with a range of needs, including:
Housing Advice and Support
Benefit Advice and Support
Connecting with a GP or Dentist
Accessing Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
Accessing our Creative Sessions including Arts & Crafts, Music, Football, and our Film Club
Accessing one-to-one mentoring through The Lighthouse Project
When & where will the Big sleep 2023 take place?
The Big Sleep will take place on Tuesday 28th March 2023 between 8.00pm - 8.00am at the University of Leicester in Centenary Square and De Monfort University, outside the Food Village.
In the case of adverse weather, The Big Sleep will be moved into the Charles Wilson Sports Hall at the UoL Campus Centre and into the DMU Campus Centre building on Mill Lane.
Who can Get Involved?
Anyone over the age of 18 can take part in The Big Sleep 2023.
You can either take part in this fundraising event as an individual or by building up a team of supporters by getting your friends, family and colleagues involved. Whether they sponsor your 'Big Sleep' or join you for a night under the stars, we want you to get as many people involved as possible in support of The Bridge and to raise awareness of homelessness.
How do I take part in The Big Sleep 2023?
To take part in The Big Sleep 2023, you will need to do the following:
1. Complete a Big Sleep 2023 Registration Form on our website.
Students from the University of Leicester who are taking part in The Big Sleep will need to complete a Registration Form with UoL.
Students from the De Montfort University who are taking part in The Big Sleep will need to complete a Registration Form with UoL.
2. Set up your fundraiser on Enthuse either as an individual or as part of a team. See below for more details.
Taking Part on Your Own?
If you are taking part in The Big Sleep on your own, you will need to visit our 'The Big Sleep 2023' fundraising page on Enthuse, click the 'Fundraise for us' button at the top of the page and follow the signing up process.
Taking Part in a Team?
If you are fundraising as part of a team, you will need to visit our 'The Big Sleep 2023' fundraising page on Enthuse, click the 'Create a Team' button located at the top of the page and follow the signing up process.
Spread The Word!
All set up? Now it's time to tell everyone about your fundraiser! In order to raise money, you will need sponsors, so get sharing your fundraiser with as many people as possible.
What you will need:
A sleeping bag and blankets
A flask for hot drinks
Warm clothing - the more layers the better!
Scarf, hat and gloves
Cardboard (for under your sleeping bag) will be provided.
We are trying to make this as authentic as possible, so whilst we encourage you to bring your mobile phone, we would ask that you please keep usage to an absolute minimum and preferably only on social media to promote the event. Fundraising for ‘The Big Sleep’ is of course very important but it’s also important to highlight the issue of homelessness.
Parking is available at The University of Leicester. If you wish to park at UoL, please send us your car registration before the event via firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can notify the university.
Health & Safety
A risk assessment has been carried out for the event and there will be a qualified first aider on hand throughout.
There will be toilet access on the University campus.
Get in Touch!
For more information about The Big Sleep, please get in touch with us via email@example.com
Thank you in advance from all of us at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope!
Amazon Sponsor The Big Sleep 2023!
Huge thank you to Amazon for sponsoring The Big Sleep 2023 and kindly donating £500 to our fundraiser!
“It’s been a pleasure to support The Bridge Homelessness to Hope for the last four years and learn more about the positive impact the charity’s work has on those facing homelessness in Leicester. We’re proud to continue our support this year with a further donation, which we hope will extend our relationship and help more vulnerable people in the city.”
Shoe Zone Sponsor The Big Sleep 2023!
A huge thank you to Shoe Zone for sponsoring our 'Big Sleep' and kindly donating £500 to our fundraiser!
“Shoe Zone is proud to sponsor The Bridge Homelessness to Hope in their upcoming Big Sleep this year. As we are based in Leicester, we are more than happy to support such a local charity in the vital work they do to in raising awareness and supporting individuals that find themselves facing challenges every night without a place to sleep. By offering a safe place to support people in crisis, The Bridge really are an inspiration to us all.”
From everyone at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope, we would like to say a massive thank you to Long Harbour for sponsoring our 'Big Sleep' on 28th March and donating £1000. Your support means the world!
"Long Harbour Group is proud to sponsor the Big Sleep for the second year running. With our presence in Leicester, we are aware of the importance of the work The Bridge Homelessness To Hope do to support those in need. Good luck to everyone participating and contributing to improving the lives of the vulnerable people in the Leicester community."
From everyone at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope, we would like thank Dupli for sponsoring our 'Big Sleep' on 28th March and for kindly donating £400 to our fundraiser!
"Dupli is proud to sponsor The Bridge Homelessness to Hope and their participation in The Big Sleep 2023. They bring vital awareness to the issues faced by some of the most vulnerable people in our society and provide a wealth of support services to people who often find themselves with no one to turn to. Nobody aims to be homeless, but circumstances can often conspire to leave people in a situation they never dreamed they would be in. We’re pleased to be able to support The Bridge charity."