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SleepOut 2016 – Sleep out so others don’t have to

Last year around 400 people braved sleeping under the stars at St Albans Abbey, in solidarity with those affected by homelessness. 

This year, on Friday 2nd December 2016, 9pm – 7am, there is an opportunity for you to throw your support behind this initiative.


Here is what your support can achieve:


Would you like to sponsor those who are taking part? 

Please donate at www.justgiving.com/oneymca, and enable YMCA to help young people affected by homelessness to build a future for themselves

Would you like to join the Abbey Sleep Out and help raise money for the YMCA? 

We would love to have you join us, and experience some of the realities that homeless people face on a regular basis.  Here is some information to get you started:

See our Fundraising Ideas which includes setting up your page on our Just Giving ONE YMCA account or click on this button  Make a fundraising page - JustGiving  

Also visit www.abbeysleepout.org to find out more information on the event.

This website has all the details regarding the event available to download. This is not an event that requires you to sign up in advance; you just need to bring your completed registration form with you on the night.

If you do not have internet access please contact Donna Lawrie or Lorraine Stocken on 01923 353612 who will arrange to have these posted to you.

On the night we will be creating a ‘YMCA’ camp on the site – look out for YMCA banners and come and join us, we are looking forward to meeting you! It would be great if you could confirm your attendance with us by emailing donna.lawrie@oneymca.org and we will look out for you and keep you updated!

Top Tips

  • Don’t underestimate how cold it will be, something to separate you from the ground, like a ground sheet, cardboard or a roll mat is essential.

  • Bring any cardboard you need with you, and make sure you’ve sourced it in advance. The good thing with cardboard is that as well as helping you stay warm, you can have fun building your fortress, castle or home for the night.

  • Take on the challenge!-This event is a sleep out, most people taking part will try to get to sleep after registration and the welcome event in the cathedral, its not easy but we recommend you try to join in with the sleeping, rather then stay up all night in the café! This will help you to get an appreciation for what it can really be like sleeping rough.

  • You need to be able to carry whatever you bring to the sleep out, you can’t park there. You might want to think about bringing a trolley or getting someone to help you by dropping your kit off.