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YMCA Sleep Easy

When?

29 March 2019 19:00 - 07:00

Where?

St Catherine's College
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What’s happening?

Sleep Easy is a national YMCA fundraising initiative. The aim is simple: spend a night challenging yourself to sleep rough, raising money to help change the lives of vulnerable young people. All the money you raise goes directly to support YMCA accommodation services in Cambridge. In 2018 Sleep Easy Cambridge raised over £13,000 towards supporting their homeless prevention programmes. The money you raise this year will go towards providing specialist homeless prevention support for young people in Cambridge.

You will be provided with hot refreshments, entertainment and materials to make a shelter. However the reality is that many young people do not have the luxury of running water and toilet facilities as we will do. The night will involve activities that best replicate what it’s like to actually sleep on the streets, you will experience what it’s like to feel vulnerable to the elements and other people around.

You quickly realise how cold it gets, even though you are able to bring your own sleeping equipment. At sunrise we will wake you up with a hot drink and breakfast before you return back to normal life after just one night on the streets. Sadly for thousands of young people the reality is very different.

Over 3,500 people are estimated to sleep rough in the UK every night, 1 in 5 of these people are aged between 16 – 24. In 2017 12,860 young people were accepted as being homeless by local authorities across the UK. Sadly these figures do not take into account young people who are ‘Sofa Surfing’ after being estranged from friends and family.

Register your place here and make a difference to a homeless young person! 

More info

If you'd like to sponsor The Cambridge team who are taking part, you can make your donation here https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/thecambridgeandymca