The Big Sleep 2024 will take place on Tuesday 19th 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:
When & where will the Big sleep 2024 take place?
The main 'Big Sleep' event will take place on Tuesday 19th March 2024 between 8.00pm - 8.00am at the University of Leicester in Centenary Square and at De Monfort University, in the car park behind Trinity House (on the Newark).*
This year, we are also offering the chance for people to take part in The Big Sleep 2024 by sleeping outside in their own back gardens between Monday 18th - Sunday 28th March.
* 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 Trinity House Chapel at DMU.
Who can Get Involved?
Anyone over the age of 18 can take part in The Big Sleep 2024.
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 2024?
To take part in The Big Sleep 2024, you will need to do the following:
1. Complete a Big Sleep 2024 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 De Montfort University.
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 'Big Sleep 2024' 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 'Big Sleep 2024' 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance from all of us at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope!
Shoe Zone Sponsor The Big Sleep 2024!
A huge thank you to Shoe Zone for sponsoring our 'Big Sleep' and kindly donating £731.07 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.”