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Big Basingstoke Sleep-Out: At Home

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Choose to sleep-out with your family for one night and help men and women forced to sleep-outside every night.

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Will you join us and hundreds of others across Basingstoke & Deane and sleep out in your garden on Friday 5th March? Raise vital funds and awareness for men and women and help to rebuild their lives devastated by homelessness. Giving up just one night really could transform the lives of others.

We do not charge an entry fee but hope that you will try and raise at least £100 each so that we can continue to provide vital support to homeless and marginalised men and women in and around Basingstoke & Deane. You will be amazed at how many people will be willing to sponsor you.

The Big Basingstoke Sleep-Out: At Home, brought to you by Julian House and sponsored by Newbury Building Society, will be held in partnership with local homeless charity, The Camrose Centre -  Basingstoke’s own open access day centre for homeless and vulnerably housed people.

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What will l need on the night?

• Sleeping bag or duvets and blankets

• Cardboard and/or plastic sheeting to be placed between you and the ground

• Plenty of warm clothes, hats, gloves, and waterproofs

• Snacks and drinks

• A torch. One with a red filter is best. You can buy these or make your own with some red film.

   I don’t have a garden – can I take part? 

You don’t necessarily need your own garden to take part. If you have a secure balcony choose to sleep here or even use your living room, porch, kitchen or bathroom floor. Or think out of the box and sleep in your bathtub! Anywhere a little unexpected and a little un-comfy works.

What happens if the weather is bad? 

The Sleep-Out is a challenge that will give you a very small insight into what it might be like to sleep rough every night, including cold temperatures and wet weather. If, however, the weather is too severe – such as torrential rain or snow – please do move inside. 

Please note, it’s not giving up or failing if you make the decision to move inside. In fact, this can provide a calm environment and time for reflection on your experience, and how lucky you are to have the choice to move indoors.  

Will I receive any resources for the night and to help me fund-raise? 

Absolutely. We will send you regular emails between now and the event to help organise your fundraising and how to sleep out on the night. If you’d like some fundraising tips now, head to our Fundraising Tips & Ideas page.

What is the fundraising target? 

Every penny and pound you raise goes towards supporting vulnerable and isolated individuals. We do not charge an entry fee for the event but ask that all participants aim to raise at least £100 in sponsorship. See Your Impact to find out the important ways your funds can make a difference and help rebuild lives.  

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