Local families in Brighton, Hove and beyond are being invited to camp out together at Sussex Homeless Support’s (SHS) first Sleep Out on Friday 5 October. There will be live music, hot food and drinks and a camp fire at Hove Lagoon. Tents will be provided and there will be security all night.
Officially announcing the event, Jim Deans, founder of Sussex Homeless Support explained: “We wanted to put together a fun event, where people can come together with their community and toast some marshmallows. But there’s a serious message too: as the nights draw in – we don’t want another winter like 2017 when far too many of Brighton & Hove’s most vulnerable people died on our streets.
“We don’t want to see any more deaths on our streets throughout the cold months of 2018 and beyond. It’s every person’s right to have a basic roof over their head. We are inviting all local politicians to join us for just one night and experience how sleeping out feels.”
There will be hot soup served from the Big Beach Cafe at the Lagoon all evening – from when the evening starts at 6pm until 11pm. Those sleeping out can rent an airbed for the night for £3 (already inflated) or pay £5 for two beds. Tents will be free (you are also welcome to bring your own).
The team will be on hand to fill up your hot water bottles and top up your flasks with warm drinks throughout the night.
Jim adds: “This will give people a very small taste of what rough sleeping is like, but we hope the night will have a big impact. We’ll keep the fire burning until at least midnight and are welcoming poets, musicians and story-tellers to entertain guests.
“We’re grateful to Jamie and the team at Hove Lagoon for supporting us on what we hope will be a warm and cozy night for all in the area who care about the most vulnerable members of our community.”
Event info and registration:
Guests must register to participate in the event, either via clicking the ‘going’ button on the SHS Facebook page ‘Sussex Homeless Support CIO’ (https://www.facebook.com/events/472344569919188/).
Guests are welcome but not obliged to raise sponsorship for their participation and can find the sponsorship form under ‘files’ on the Facebook page.
Tents will be set up all round the cafe. Sleep out starts 6pm Friday 5th October and finishes the following morning Saturday 6th at 10 am, with all tents cleared by 12pm. If you wish donate your own tent, please let the team know in the morning.