Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Community Focus: Stonepillow

 Stonepillow’s annual fundraising event, The Big Sleep Out, takes place on Saturday 19th October in the grounds of Chichester Cathedral. The event kicks off with a live performance at 2:00pm, as everyone arrives to start building their cardboard shelters before putting them to the test for the night. Participants get sponsored to sleep out to raise vital funds for the charity and increase awareness of homelessness in the local area.

Stonepillow offers shelter, information and support that people need to make positive changes and find independent accommodation they can call home. The charity supports people 365 days a year in Chichester, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton and has 97 clients in their accommodation on any given evening.

Laura Bulbeck, PR & Events Manager said, ‘”The Big Sleep Out is a fantastic event which sees individuals, groups and businesses in the community coming together to help end homelessness. We encourage everyone to get involved, make a difference and help us to raise as much as possible.”

Stonepillow’s CEO, Hilary Bartle, added “As it is our 30th year we are keen to raise £30,000 to equal £1,000 for each year we have been open. This is important now more than ever as we see more people rough sleeping and vulnerable. Declining public funding means we have to do more for less each year.  £30,000 would enable us to provide more targeted support to the most vulnerable people on our streets and towards services that support them from street to a stable home.” 

The Big Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate homelessness but raises awareness and educates communities on the harsh realities of sleeping rough.
To join in with The Big Sleep Out please register at www.stonepillow.org.uk. It costs just £15 per person, which includes food and entertainment.

For more information about the charity, contact Stonepillow on 01243 537934 or admin@stonepillow.org.uk

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