Spaces for YMCA Lincolnshire’s annual sleep out at Lincoln’s iconic Cathedral are now open.
Sleep Easy is a yearly event supported by YMCAs across the country, where sponsored sleepers spend a night replicating what it feels like to spend a night on the street.
Rachael Baxter, from The Nomad Trust, said: “As temperatures are plummeting and snow is hitting all over the UK more and more people are asking how they can help the homeless. The best thing to do is get in touch and pass on our details so we can make sure that the right support gets to that person quickly.
“In the longer term, taking part in events like Sleep Easy will help to raise funds, creating support for some of the most vulnerable people in our city.”
Since 2010, across the UK more than 6,000 people have slept rough for a night to raise awareness of homelessness. This year YMCA Lincolnshire is raising vital funds to build a day centre in Lincoln.
Sleepers will arrive at Lincoln Cathedral at 7pm on Friday 9th March 2018, and stay overnight in potentially testing weather conditions, leaving at 7am the next morning.
Josh Palmer, who has taken part in Sleep Easy for the last two years, said: “Sleep Easy is such an eye opening experience. It’s a twelve hour sleep out, which is tough, especially if it’s raining, but at the end we all get to go home to our own homes and nice warm beds.
“It makes you see through the eyes of someone who is homeless and understand how difficult it must be to have nowhere to go and no one to turn to for help.”
The popular event, which is supported by Stokes Café Lincoln and the East Coast Homeless Outreach group, is open to those who are 18 or over with registration costing £15 – a direct donation to the Sleep Easy campaign.
Last year the event raised a huge £20,000 and YMCA Lincolnshire is hoping to beat that this time around. All funds raised will go to the charity’s capital appeal.
YMCA Lincolnshire and The Nomad Trust’s vision is to convert the current YMCA gym on St Rumbold’s Street into a new 24/7 centre, providing safe space where the most vulnerable people in the community can receive help and support in the form of training facilities and a clinical room, plus a kitchen and common room.
YMCA Lincolnshire currently operates 129 units of accommodation, with The Nomad Trust’s Night Shelter housing 23 emergency beds.
The charity also offers accommodation advice, supported housing, and various other charitable and commercial services across the county.