Local charity, Charity Link, is looking for people to join it for a ‘Friday night out with a difference’ as it launches its Sleepover 2023 event, taking place at Stoughton Grange Farm Park near Oadby on Friday 10th November.
The Charity Link Sleepover will see ‘guests’ forgo their usual warm, comfy bed for a night and instead spend the night in a sleeping bag at the Farm Park. By taking part, everyone will help to raise funds to provide beds for local people experiencing bed poverty. The event is being held thanks to the support of Farm Park owner and businessbman Billy Allingham, MD of brewing company Steamin’ Billy.
Mr Allingham says: “Thankfully, many of us are lucky enough to take our bed for granted, but I was shocked to learn that in the past six months alone Charity Link has provided 397 beds for people in need. I am proud to be supporting this event and I am looking forward to joining supporters for the experience myself. Whilst we’ll be under some cover, there is no denying that sleeping out in November will be quite tough. But I am sure there will be lots of fun too and getting woken by donkeys or goats isn’t a usual occurrence for most! I really hope that people will support the event as the help Charity Link provides is so vital, particularly at the moment.”
Susan McEniff, CEO of Charity Link, says: “We are extremely grateful to Billy and the team for inviting us to hold the Sleepover at the Farm Park. The cost of living crisis means it’s a challenge to raise the funds we need to meet the increase in need we are seeing, with 500 people each month currently needing our help. Bed poverty is all too common, such as when a child outgrows a cot or a bed breaks and there is no money to buy this essential item. We believe that everyone deserves a bed of their own and by joining our Sleepover people can help make that a reality. We are sure the experience will also be something to talk about for months, if not years, to come!”.
Due to Charity Link’s unique way of working, untapping funds from charitable trusts, the £35 event registration fee will help to provide a bed for a local person in need. Supporters are also encouraged to raise additional funds to help provide even more beds. The charity hopes the event will help to provide 100 beds for local people in need.
Charity Link has worked in Leicester since 1876 and today works across Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire, providing essential items to people in financial hardship and crisis to improve wellbeing and restore dignity.
Full details of the event can be found at www.charity-link.org/sleepover or call 0116 222 2200 for more information.