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Sussex Homeless Support to host its first ever Sleep Out

Written by Editorial Team, Donr

Published on Tuesday, 2nd October 2018

On Friday 5th October, there will be live music, hot food, drinks and a camp fire available to enjoy at Sussex Homeless Support’s first ever Sleep Out event.

‘We wanted to put together a fun event, where people can come together with their community and toast some marshmallows,’ said the charity’s founder, Jim Deans. ‘But there’s a serious message too: as the nights draw in, we don’t want another winter like 2017 when far too many of Brighton and Hove’s most vulnerable people died on our streets. 

‘We don’t want to see any more deaths on our streets throughout the cold months of 2018 and beyond – it’s every person’s right to have a basic roof over their head. We are inviting all local politicians to join us for just one night and experience how sleeping out feels.’ 

On the night, hot soup will be served from the Big Beach Café at the Lagoon from 6pm to 11pm. As for sleeping arrangements: a pre-inflated airbed will be available for £3 (two for £5) or attendees can use one of the charity’s tents for free or provide their own.

Sussex Homeless Support staff will be on hand to top up hot water bottles and provide warm drinks throughout the night.

‘This will give people a very small taste of what rough sleeping is like, but we hope the night will have a big impact,’ Jim continues. ‘We’ll keep the fire burning until at least midnight and are welcoming poets, musicians and story-tellers to entertain guests. 

‘We’re grateful to Jamie and the team at Hove Lagoon for supporting us on what we hope will be a warm and cosy night for all in the area who care about the most vulnerable members of our community.’

Guests must register to participate in the event and can do so by clicking ‘going’ on the Facebook event page for the Sleep Out. If you would like to raise sponsorship to support your participation in the event, you can find more information on doing so on the event page, though this is not mandatory.