Big Sleepout 2020 : At home raises over £50,000 Over 340 people swapped their beds for sleeping bags and took part in our Big Sleepout 2020: At home. So far their efforts mean over £50,000 has been raised. The pandemic meant we asked people to sleep out somewhere they wouldn’t normally sleep so individuals and families took to their gardens, sheds, greenhouses, churchyards and even bathtubs! To see some of the pictures people took of their experience, click on the arrows in the picture below - you may have to roll your cursor over the picture or zoom out a little to see the arrows. Heather Stanley, our fundraising and marketing manager said: “We have been humbled by how many people took part in this year’s Sleepout, especially considering the challenges we are all facing at the moment. "We knew it was likely that a lockdown and tight covid-restrictions would make it difficult to Sleepout put at venues and in groups, and so we came up with the Sleepout ‘at home’ idea. “Sleep-outers picked a range of uncomfortable, awkward and hard places to bed down on what turned out to be a much wetter night that we expected; some slept in cardboard shelters built in their in gardens under the sky, in greenhouses and on patios. “We’ve been especially moved by how many children took part, donating their pocket money as well as asking friends, families to sponsor them. Everyone taking part knows one uncomfortable night can be a real challenge, but isn’t what life is really like when you have no home. “It has been an incredibly tough year for people who don’t have a home in our community. The pandemic has put the lives of people who sleep rough at even greater risk and so we’ve been working with our partners to get people off the street as soon as possible and into safe accommodation. Our homelessness prevention hotline has been ringing off the hook as the coronavirus continues to devastate lives.” We also ran a live-streamed a fundraising Big Quiz alongside the Sleepout, which raised over £5,000. Celebrities recorded questions for the quiz including Mary Berry, Tom Kerridge, Alex Horne and Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth and player Alex Samuel. Local bluegrass band Papa Truck provided musical entertainment they had recorded for us before lockdown and the whole event was sponsored by Dreams. Heather added: “The generosity and compassion of people who took part means that we can keep offering free support and advice to anyone who has lost their home or is worried about losing it." A Big thank you to everyone who took part in the Big Sleepout and Quiz.