Council chairman Mandy Thomas-Atkin will get a small taste of what it is like to sleep rough on Friday night.
Mandy, chairman of Mid Sussex District Council, is joining other volunteers in a sleep-out in Burgess Hill to raise money for charity.
The aim of the fundraising event called Sleep Easy is to raise awareness of the
realities of homelessness and housing crisis. It is also an opportunity to raise money to support the work of Sussex Central YMCA’s services, which house over 250 young people in Sussex who would otherwise be homeless.
The event is being organised in partnership with Burgess Hill Town Council, St Johns Church, The Martlets and other local agencies.
The Sleep Easy will take place from 7pm Friday to 7am Saturday at the Burgess Hill’s bandstand in Church Walk.
In previous years sleepers braved temperatures of -4 degrees, waking up to frost covered boxes and sleeping bags. Sussex Central YMCA’s event last year raised
over £5000 and they hope to raise more.
The charity says money raised this year will be put to good use in supporting emergency bursaries
and food parcels for Mid Sussex young people and families in housing crisis.
Cardboard boxes, hot drinks and warm food will be provided for all sleepers.
Registration fee is £10 (£5 for U18s).
To register or for more info visit www.sussexcentralymca.org.uk/sleepeasy or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 222550.
Those not able to take part but wanting to make a donation can do so through texting SLEA13 and the amount to 70070.
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