The Big London Sleep Out is back- and bigger than ever!
This year, we’re excited to offer two different Sleep Outs in London- The Big London Sleep Out North and The Big London Sleep Out South. These events will sell out in advance so sign up today to avoid disappointment.
The Big London Sleep Out South will see us return to the Kia Oval on Friday 16th November after an incredible (and very chilly) Sleep Out last year. The stands of the Kia Oval offer little protection from the elements and last year’s Sleep Out saw our fundraisers sleeping out in nearly freezing temperatures. Are you ready for the challenge?
As well as The Big London Sleep Out South, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be taking over the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham on Friday 12th October to host The Big London Sleep Out North! Join us for a night out under the stars which will give a small insight into what it might be like without a safe place to call home, and having to rely on the support of others. Whether you are coming alone, or with a friends or colleagues, it will be an eye-opening experience that will make a difference to the lives of Big Issue vendors.
Last year’s Sleep Out raised over £50,000 for our vital work with Big Issue vendors and we can’t wait to see our fundraising target smashed again this year! You will have a fundraising target of £350 which will go towards enabling more vendors like Matthew and Nicolas have the opportunity to take positive steps forward, away from a life of poverty and exclusion. The Big Issue Foundation fundraising team will be there to offer any advice or support to make sure that you can smash your target.
Past participants have said:
"It was such an amazing fundraiser. I now feel as though all misconceptions have been cleared up and I have a far better understanding of how exactly the charity helps its vendors, and I have so much respect for them. To be able to pick yourself up and be so determined to better their situations in any way they can is very courageous and inspiring!" Joan, Former Big Sleep Out Participant
Big Issue Foundation CEO Stephen Robertson took part in last year’s event and told us:
“Whilst sleeping out for the participants is hopefully just once this year, on average over 4100 people slept outside on any one night in the UK last year. Events like this enable us to ensure that our services team can tackle the complexities of rough sleeping, exclusion and the many other complex issues that challenge Big Issue vendors on a daily basis.”
These events will sell out in advance, so please do register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Register now for £25, or just £20 per individual for a team of 5 or more. These charity events provide an interesting and thought provoking insight into the lives of people who are homeless and is a night not to be missed.
It's going to be cold as you'll be sleeping outside so we suggest you bring lots of layers, a sleeping bag, and cardboard to lie on! We welcome both teams and individuals registering as both events are a great place to meet likeminded people, share an unusual experience and do something to support people living difficult lives across the capital and beyond.
You can read more about our 2017 Sleep Out here.