Groups across the country are being encouraged to give up a night’s comfort to support the Advent Sleepout Challenge 2017, a national sponsored event taking place for the third time to raise funds to help marginalised people across England.
In 2016 there were as many as 4,134 people sleeping rough in England. This figure has risen every year since 2010.
Since 2015, the Advent Sleepout Challenge has raised £165,000 to support night shelters across England through the Church Urban Fund’s Together programme. Last winter they were able to provide 4,000 beds in night shelters thanks to support from the Advent Sleepout Challenge.
The Together programme (partnerships between CUF and local diocese) supports night shelters that warmly welcome guests, build their self-esteem and confidence, and supports them into work and permanent accommodation.
Canon Paul Hackwood, Executive Director of Church Urban Fund said,
“When churches, youth groups, and friends choose to take part in the Advent Sleepout Challenge we are able to reach out to more and more people who are experiencing homelessness in England today and welcome them into warm and caring night shelters.
“Please use this Advent as an opportunity to do something practical to help marginalised people in England.” More Information available at www.sleepoutchallenge.org.uk or contact the Fundraising Team on 020 7898 1091.
Article and photo supplied by CUF