Our Team Countdown To CentrePoint Sleep Out
As we put Halloween outfits away for the year and start turning our heating on to stay cosy at home, the FurnitureHireUK.com team are also gearing up for Centrepoint’s annual Sleep Out event. Each year this national charity helps raise money to tackle youth homelessness by inviting people from across the UK to fundraise by sleeping rough for one night - and we’re taking part for the fourth year in a row!
Sleep Out across the UK
Originally taking place in one location in London, the Sleep Out event is now set up in several different UK destinations. These include the flagship Exchange Square site in the capital’s Broadgate area, as well as West India Quay near Canary Wharf and the Beamish Museum in County Durham.
As usual, our team at FurnitureHireUK.com are going to bed down at Exchange Square, where we joined around 700 other people last year who were also raising money for the charity. Starting at 7pm and continuing to 7am, this November 7th will see us turning up at the location with our sleeping bags, which we’ll lay on concrete flooring later in the night when it’s time to turn in.
Straight back to FurnitureHireUK.com office
The Sleep Out is designed to raise funding and awareness of the issues that homeless people face when they sleep rough. Although our team will be wrapped up in snug sleeping bags that are enclosed in large paper snacks, we still get an impression of the cold and how the elements affect us that evening and the following day - as we all go back to the office to start a day’s work the minute we leave the site.
Getting an insight into how difficult it can be too go about our daily tasks after trying to sleep outside is an important part of raising awareness of what homeless people have to cope with each day. The charity makes sure that those taking part don’t come into contact with any of the dangers people sleeping rough face. So, we get to sleep in an external area that features some covering and the army are on hand to provide an evening meal and breakfast.
Stars turn out for event
There’s also a long list of celebrities that join us every year on the Sleep Out, including Richard Madeley, Loose Women’s Lisa Maxwell and DJ Sara Cox. Last year Christopher Biggins read the Bedtime story and there were musical performances from Eliza Doolittle. Although we’ll be rubbing shoulders with stars and enjoying the entertainment on offer, the reality of the cold, and sleeping on the ground brings home the harsh conditions homeless people experience.
Check out our JustGiving page
In order to do our bit for this important charity, we’ve set up our JustGiving account that you can find on our Facebook homepage if you’d like to donate.