Sleep Under the Stars for the Homeless

A Brighton housing charity is asking people to take part in a sponsored sleep-out to raise money for their work with disadvantaged young people. YMCA DownsLink Group is looking for local residents to spend one night sleeping out under the stars on 18th March to help raise funds for their vital work.

It is no secret that Brighton and Hove has a serious homelessness problem, and there are so many great charities doing all they can to help those who are having to sleep on the streets. The event, called Sleep Easy, is quite a popular way to raise money for the homeless. Pete Brayne, a Sleep Easy veteran said “a single night outside cannot compare with being homeless, but lying awake under the stars at 2am is surprisingly impactful. If you have never done this before I strongly recommend giving it a go. You only live once and you will help raise thousands of pounds in support of the YMCA’s fantastic work with homeless young people.” Sleep Easy Sleepouts have raised thousands of pounds for YMCAs nationally and this is really good opportunity to give back to the community.

YMCA host Sleep Easy events round the country

The YMCA DownsLink Group is a registered charity working across Sussex and Surrey to provide a variety of services and projects to the local communities. Their work covers a wide range of areas including accommodation, general advice, sexual exploitation, mental health, housing advice, young offenders, youth clubs, childcare and so much more. Last year, YMCA DownsLink Group housed over 550 young people who would otherwise have been homeless, and their work really is invaluable to the homeless. To find out more and to sign up, click here.

 

Holly Martin

holly@bjournal.co

feature image: YMCA DownsLink Group

 

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