SMART Sleepout 2022!

SMART Sleepout 2022!

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Funded

  • £40K Target
  • £464 Raised
  • 17 Donors
  • 26 Fundraisers
  • Event date Sat 24th Sep - Sun 25th Sep 2022
  • About

Join Us! On Saturday 24th September 2022, from 7pm to 7am, we will be holding our first fundraising event since Covid struck - the SMART Sleepout 2022!

Please join us and help us to raise funds and awareness for the SMART Prebend Homeless Day Centre. Experience a little of what it’s like to be homeless and sleep rough.

Why do it? Can you imagine having to sleep outside every night? Think about what it would feel like not to be able to feed your family or being behind on your rent and then losing your job? We see people in these positions every day at the Prebend homeless day centre in Bedford. Many of us know and understand what it’s like to be experiencing financial hardship with the rising cost of living and rocketing fuel process. And for some of us in the community, this will mean making a choice between “heating or eating”.

The SMART Prebend Centre expects that alongside the hundreds of meals now prepared every month for those who are vulnerably housed and facing real hardship, these numbers will grow significantly over the coming months. The centre costs £250k or more to run each year. SMART does not receive any Local Authority funding to operate this service. We rely on fundraising and the good will of people to keep going.

Where will the Sleepout be held?

Your back garden, living room, church hall, guide/scout hut/camp. Anywhere you can share the experience with others.

Why should you register?

Many of us know and understand what it’s like to be experiencing financial hardship with the rising cost of living and rocketing fuel process. And for some of us in the community, this will mean making a choice between “heating or eating”. The SMART Prebend Centre expects that alongside the hundreds of meals now prepared every month for those who are vulnerably housed and facing real hardship, these numbers will grow significantly.

What will you be fundraising for?

We would like to fully open the SMART Prebend Centre to help to support those who need our help – this means that we need your participation – virtually!

What will it cost you to register?

Registration to do a virtual sleepout: £7.50 per person.

Receive a 20% discount if you buy 2 or more tickets at once. Receive a 35% discount if you buy 5 or more tickets at once.

What if I can’t attend, can I still get involved?

Don’t fret, you’ll still be able to get involved – you can even hold the Sleepout on a different date in September if it suits you, friends, family or a school/church/scout/guide group better. Families or couples or friends can get together and camp in the garden, or even in a tent on the kitchen floor (if it’s too wet!).

We will have social media post feeds to mark different points in the sleepout. And we want you to post your pictures! We want you to feel part of a wider community doing some good for those who need our help and compassion. You can always just sponsor someone else!

Do I need a tent?

It’s up to you whether you camp in the back garden or just find a sheltered spot. You can choose how you want to do your sleep out.

Join Us – Register Now

This could happen to any of us It’s a challenging time for many of us at the moment. Let’s support the local community by providing them with a place to go if they are homeless or facing homelessness. The Prebend Centre is a safe place to get some food and comfort, with support services to help with drink or drug overuse, mental health issues and access to our partners who can advise on housing and debt management.

Registration to do a Sleepout at home:

£7.50 per person.

Fundraising expectation:

You will find sponsorship from friends, family and your wider network for a minimum of £100 (don’t worry if you can’t raise this much but please try and make this amount your goal). This means that the investment made in staging the event will provide a significant return for the charity and the work it needs to do over the Autumn and Winter months to keep people safe, fed and watered and supported through the SMART Prebend Centre.

The target for funds needed:

If we have 500 people registered that sleep out on 24th September, and each committing to raise £100, that means a staggering £50,000 could be raised – enough to keep the SMART Prebend Centre running for 3 months.

 

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