Sleeping rough for charity

People are being invited to sleep out for a night in Horsham to help the town’s disadvantaged youngsters.

The “Sleep Easy “ will be held on March 18 at Gorings Mead football ground and is organised by the YMCA DownsLink Group.

The charity says the aim of the Sleep Easy event is simple; give up your warm bed for one night and help young homeless people get back on their feet. It promises it will not be warm or comfortable but says the Sleep Easy Sleepouts have raised thousands of pounds for YMCAs nationally and this is an opportunity to do something remarkable for the community.

The charity said that although Horsham is a prosperous place there are many local young people who, for a range of reasons, find themselves with nowhere to call home.

Last year YMCA DownsLink Group housed over 550 young people who would otherwise have been homeless. The charity works hard to help these young people rebuild their lives, but funding is a constant challenge. The Sleep Easy event can raise significant funds to help.

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.”

People can find out more and sign up to take part by visiting and completing the entry form.

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