YMCA Trinity Group and LandAid’s Sleep Easy challenge set to support Cambridge’s homeless
YMCA Trinity Group, in partnership with LandAid, has announced the venue for its 2022 Sleep Easy event in Cambridge to raise awareness of sleeping rough and raise funds to support young, homeless people across the region.
The Sleep Easy event will take place on Thursday 10 March 2021 at the Cambridge University Rugby Club. Similar Sleep Easy events are also taking place that night across the UK in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
Alternately, participants can join in with a ‘SleepOut At Home’. There will be a livestream for all participants to join, featuring speeches from headline sponsor; Knight Frank and regional sponsors; Prologis in Birmingham, TFT in Bristol and Henry Boot Developments in Leeds, as well as talks from property professionals and young people who have experienced homelessness.
Each participant will be asked to raise over £166 – the cost of funding a bed space at YMCA Trinity Group for a month.
YMCA Trinity Group is a local charity that helps young people to realise their full potential on their journey to independence. Each year, the charity supports around 10,000 young and vulnerable people, and communities across Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Its primary aim is to enable every young person to grow and develop, running initiatives that tackle issues such as youth engagement, youth offending, mental health, access to employment, domestic violence, and crisis support.
Jonathan Martin, Chief Executive at YMCA Trinity Group, said: “With an increasing number of young people at risk from homelessness, especially against the backdrop of Covid-19, it’s more important than ever to raise awareness and address this ever-growing issue.
“At YMCA Trinity Group, we’re calling on our local community to get involved, sign up, and help us support young people in our services today and into the future.”
This is the fourth YMCA Trinity Group and LandAid SleepOut. Last year, LandAid’s first-ever fully virtual SleepOut saw 608 individuals braving the rain and cold overnight outside and raise over £400,000.
Paul Morrish, Chief Executive of LandAid, said: “I am delighted that we are taking the LandAid SleepOut to six different locations across the UK as well as virtually,
giving everyone the opportunity to brave one cold night outside to end youth homelessness.
“The last 22 months have been difficult for us all, but in particular young homeless people, who may not even have a roof over their heads. Last year’s virtual SleepOut provided a truly impactful opportunity to raise money to help vulnerable young people across the UK. This year, I hope that even more property professionals from across the country will be sleeping out for one night with all of us to make changes to young people’s lives which will last a lifetime.”
To find out more, or to register for the event, click here.