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Swap your bed for a sleeping bag for one night and give a homeless person a chance of a better future.

Returning for the 5th year, the Big Sleep encourages teams and individuals to sleep out on the Stade Open Space for a night in a cardboard box to raise awareness and vital funds for Seaview. The sleep out, a ticketed event and commences at 10pm in our fenced and safe cardboard city. An unplugged intimate set, exclusively for those sleeping out, will take place around the brazier by award winning blues man King Size Slim. A soup run will be provided and hot drinks will be available throughout the night. Porridge will be served the following morning. Tickets for the sleep out are free but you do need to fundraise a minimum of £25. Of course we’d like you to raise a lot more and there are lots of prizes to be won if you do!

SLEEP OUT FOR ONE NIGHT IN A CARDBOARD BOX
IT WILL BE COLD AND IT WILL BE TOUGH
HELP US PUT A STOP TO HOMELESSNESS
FREE, FAMILY FRIENDLY ENTERTAINMENT
SOUP RUN AND BREAKFAST PROVIDED
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SEAVIEW, A CHARITY WORKING WITH THE HOMELESS AND VULNERABLE
F.A.Q.
Is there a minimum amount I need to raise to take part?
We ask everyone to raise a minimum of £25 before entering.
Can I participate as a group?
Groups are welcome to take part but all group members must register individually – unless they are part of a workplace team.
Is there an age limit for this event?
Participants must be aged 18 and over to sleep out on the Stade Open Space.

However if you are under 18 and would like to replicate the experience, you could set up your own Big Sleep experience at home, in your or a friend’s garden. Terms and conditions apply and we will need to see written consent from a parent or guardian. In return we will provide you with a Big Sleep cardboard box, a hat, badge, soup and porridge for you to take away. For more details please contact the Big Sleep team on mail@thebigsleephastings.com

We advise participants aged 65 and over to seek medical advice before registering for the event.

Will I be safe?
The idea of the event is to show support and raise awareness of issues facing homelessness but not to attempt to put you in danger. There is no denying this is an open and exposed place to sleep. The Big Sleep will be a challenge and we will take measures to protect you.

You will be sleeping in a secure area and we will have security guards and stewards to protect you. However please be sensible, try and avoid bringing along anything valuable or fragile. We will provide a cardboard box for you to sleep in, you need to remember a warm sleeping bag!

How do I register online?
There are many ways to be involved. Please visit the Get involved page for further information.
What do I need to bring for the sleep out?
A warm sleeping bag, this is an essential item and you will not be permitted to sleep out without one. Warm, waterproof clothing are also advised.
Will there be toilets?
Participants will be able to use toilets in the Stade Hall throughout the event.
Will food be provided?
We will provide hot soup in the evening and porridge in the morning. Hot drinks will be available throughout the event.
Can I just turn up on the night and sleep out?
Unfortunately not, we need to know the number of people who are taking part in the sleep out in advance. This is a fundraising event so participants must register in advance and have raised a minimum of £25 in sponsor money.
Terms and conditions
Full terms and conditions are available here
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