Kingston's Big Sleep Out, October 2024

A sleep out is a unique opportunity to experience just a fraction of the challenges faced by those without a place to call home. Join in with us whatever way you can and help KCAH to raise £35,000 to support local people experiencing homelessness!
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Event: The Big Sleep Out, Kingston-upon-Thames, from 4 October 2024 to 5 October 2024
Closes on 18/11/2024
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Supporters of Kingston’s homelessness charity both old and new are being invited to a sleep out under the stars in a medieval church courtyard this autumn. Failing that, the comfort of their own garden; all in a bid to help raise vital funds.

Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness (KCAH) recently delivered Kingston’s winter night shelter, giving rough sleepers a warm, dry, safe place to sleep in the coldest months from January to the end of March.

The charity is now seeking 70 people to raise sponsorship money while bedding down in the grounds of All Saints Church in Kingston town centre overnight on Friday the 4th October for the Big Sleep Out 2024.

Georgie Forshaw, KCAH CEO, said: “Sleeping rough and homelessness has become normalised and yet there is nothing normal about being homeless in a modern, wealthy society.

“Many of the people we see have been faced with a series of circumstances that led them into homelessness. KCAH’s vision is to help those that need us have a safe and stable home and to build a happy life.

“We couldn’t have run our recent winter night shelter without our army of overnight volunteers. Now we are asking for fresh help. If you sign up to take part in our Big Sleep Out or help raise money for this great cause in any other way, you will be playing your part in helping change somebody’s life."

The charity has seen the number of individuals presenting to its housing crisis centre in Kingston almost double with an increase of 88% in the past two years. Seventy-seven new clients in March and April 2024 came for advice to the drop-in centre in the grounds of St Peter’s Church, Norbiton. 41 people came during the same period in 2022 with the steep rise being attributed to factors including the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.

If you want to help but can’t attend the main event, KCAH are encouraging anyone who can to set up their own sleep out challenge (or similar) to take place from the 4th of October up until World Homeless Day which will be on Thursday the 10th.

If you represent a school year group, Scout or Guides group, residents’ association, place of worship, work team, company or any other group, please contact Dan at KCAH on enquiries@kcah.org.uk or 020 8255 7400 for more information on how to get involved.

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Founded in 1993 by the churches of Kingston borough, KCAH provides four key services: housing crisis intervention drop-in centre, supported temporary accommodation, specialist support for people with alcohol and substance use, winter night shelter for rough sleepers during the colder months.

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