Fight homelessness in your sleep – all about the WHC Big Sleepout 2017 The Wycombe Homeless Connection Big Sleepout 2017 will take place on Friday 24th November in All Saints Churchyard, behind Costa in the centre of Wycombe. Registration for the Wycombe event is now open! Click here to register. An allied event will take place in Marlow. Click here to learn about that. The Big Sleepout is a sponsored event to raise a worthwhile sum to support Wycombe Homeless Connection’s vital work. We help homeless people who do not qualify for council assistance and have nowhere else to turn. In the last year 500 individuals have come to WHC for help. Homelessness can affect anyone. Want to help? Register now to sleep out! Follow the sleepout on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #WHCsleepout2017. Include this in your tweets and Facebook posts!! Details of the Wycombe event This event is for over-16s only (there is limited space for 16 and 17-year olds, and then only if they come with adult supervision). Space for students may be limited too. The sleeping area is fully outdoors, so bring a sleeping bag and warm clothing and maybe a foam under-mat. In addition, you will need to bring your own cardboard (or other insulation), groundsheet and waterproof covering in case of rain. In case of extreme weather, we will have access to the church. This is not a camping event and tents or mattresses will not be appropriate. The event will begin at 9pm on Friday evening and the site must be cleared by 7am on Saturday. The area will be fenced off and stewards will be on duty overnight. There may be some noise from nearby premises to start with, so earplugs may be a good idea. There will be access to toilets and hot drinks throughout the night. Breakfast items will be available in the morning. If you have particular dietary requirements, please bring your own snacks. For further information, contact [email protected]. Collecting sponsorship for the Wycombe Homeless Connection Big Sleepout 2017 1. Wycombe Homeless Connection has set up an “event” on the Virgin Money Giving (VMG) website. Using the VMG site to collect donations saves work since it takes the donation immediately, avoids cash handling, reclaims Gift Aid where appropriate and transmits the proceeds directly to Wycombe Homeless Connection. Using VMG is well worth it for the hassle it saves our treasurer! 2. You should set up your own “sponsor me” page on Virgin Money Giving in respect of this event. Then you can make your contacts aware of this page by email or social media. To set up an individual page, click here to go to the VMG home page (this opens a new window). Click “Start fundraising” then “Organised event”. Enter “WHC” in the Event Name search box and click “Find Event”. Click the button next to The WHC Big Sleepout 2017 then “Next” and proceed from there. Answer “no” to the question “Has your charity contributed to the cost of your event?” and choose “Just me”. The process of creating a page will take you through setting up a VMG account if you don’t already have one. If you have any trouble, you can call Mark Dykes on 07801 179387. 3. It’s not necessary, but you can add photos or videos to your page. 4. We hope that each participant will raise at least £200. So tell the world! The VMG site may help you email your contacts, and you can add links to Facebook and Twitter. When your contacts visit Virgin Money Giving, they will be able to search on your name to find your fundraising page. 5. To reach those not on line, a printable sponsorship form can be downloaded by clicking here. Wycombe Homeless Connection helps about 500 local people every year who face housing crisis, by offering a weekday advice, support and resettlement service, and also a January-March winter night shelter. All this costs about £190,000 each year; the charity is 95% voluntary funded, and it spends less than 2% of its income on fundraising, so every contribution is put to good use. The numbers approaching us for help are at an all-time high. Please help us fight back! Sign up for WHC's occasional email newsletter Make a difference – support the Big Sleepout!