Volunteers are sleeping out for one night to understand what it might be like to be homeless, whilst raising money for DENS, your local homeless charity!
Friday 2th December 2016 from 9pm until 7am. In the grounds of St Albans Abbey - refreshments and toilets will be available throughout the night.
Anyone is welcome to take part in the Sleepout event! Children under the age of 11 years must be accompanied by their parent/s or legal guardian. Young people between the ages of 11 and 18, are welcome as part of an organised group, with at least two adults (over 21 years), per group of 8 young people.
There are many reasons to take part in the Sleepout - here are our top 3!
The registration and sponsorship forms are available to download on the right hand side of this page and on the Abbey website.
Here are some comments from one of last year's participants:
"There were people of all walks of life, church home groups, youth groups, groups of friends, couples and single people, all with the same aim of raising money for their chosen charities and experiencing some of the difficulties that the homeless face night after night, The ground was very hard and uneven so a lot of wriggling about was needed to try and get some form of comfort.
Thankfully there were volunteer security guards to keep us safe (a luxury that the real homeless people do not have) and we were able to go into the cathedral to use the facilities and get a hot drink, thanks to the volunteers (blessed are the tea makers!)
To sum up it was an uncomfortable, interesting and rewarding experience and gave a small insight into the discomforts that the homeless have to endure on a regular basis. It also once again made me grateful for my comfortable home and yes I will probably do it again next year – see you there?"
Tell your friends and family about the Sleepout and get them to join you to do something to help people who find themselves homeless and sleeping rough this winter!