Since its beginnings in 2010, YMCA Sleep Easy has seen over 7,000 people sleep rough in order to raise over £1.5 million for local YMCA services that assist people experiencing homelessness in rebuilding their lives.
YMCA Lincolnshire’s Sleep Easy has grown year on year; raising up to £25,000 each time.
Every year, we encourage people to register for Sleep Easy and sleep out in cardboard boxes, in the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral, to raise money. The event always has a heart-warming community feel, whilst also giving a small taste of what it’s like to sleep on the streets. Everyone who registers then sets up a fundraising page and encourages friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to sponsor them.
The impact that just one day of raising money can have is remarkable – everyone who takes part in Sleep Easy will be helping a person experiencing homelessness to:
- Find safety, security, and support
- Improve their mental and physical health
- Develop skills for independent living
- Reach their full potential
This year, our Sleep Easy event will take place on Friday 10th March at Lincoln Cathedral, ending at 7am the following morning. On the night there will be speeches from our CEO Caroline Killeavy, and other friends of YMCA Lincolnshire. Stokes will be providing tea and coffee throughout the event, and breakfast will be provided by The Rapid Relief Team. We are also excited to invite local busker Nicola Haxby to provide musical entertainment on the night.
While our main ‘sleep-out’ is held at Lincoln Cathedral, people can also get involved with Sleep Easy in other ways. We have two local schools running satellite events on the night in their halls and classrooms, and we look forward to welcoming more participation like this. By signing up, raising money, and choosing not to sleep in the comfort of your bed for one night only, you can still participate and make a real, meaningful impact.
To get involved in Sleep Easy, and raise vital funds to support vulnerable people experiencing homelessness, just follow this link to register – https://bit.ly/3wWc8In or search ‘YMCA Lincolnshire Sleep Easy 2023’ on Eventbrite.