This was our first event in Stratford Upon Avon, a family-friendly sponsored SleepOut with live music, fun and games and with participants raising money to prevent youth homelessness in Warwickshire where we currently support 142 vulnerable young people, intervening early to ensure that they don't become at risk of homelessness or lose their homes.
The SleepOut was held in a gorgeous location right by the river and opposite the RSC theatre, between the Rec's bandstand and Big Wheel next to the River Bank restaurant.
We had around 30 people take part in this event with many more locals popping in to take part in the games (giant Jenga, the Golf Game and 'Feed the Animals') or to listen to The Contemporary Choir who performed a set of well loved pop songs.
Fortunately, despite the forecast, the weather was kind on the night.
It was wonderful to see families and children taking part in the event and to have the opportunity to raise awareness of our work to prevent youth homelessness in Warwickshire!
Those who took part have done an absolutely stirling job of getting friends and family to sponsor them and it's looking likely that with this help this event will raise at least £7,000 which is amazing!
We are reviewing all the feedback we have had about this, our first event in Stratford Upon Avon and hope to build on all that for next years event which will be a much bigger and better afternoon and evening event with much more live entertainment and family fun! So watch this space!
Huge thanks to our event sponsor Rosconn Group
Thanks also to Nicklin Transit Packaging for providing the cardboard boxes; Stratford Town Trust for their support; Stratford District Council for gifting the use of the Bandstand and Recreation Ground; former Young Person of St Basils Becky for her speech; The Mayor of Stratford upon Avon John Bicknell for handing out prizes and for his speech; Tesco, Birmingham Road, Stratford and their Community Champion Graham Roberts for donating £50 for prizes and breakfast bars; Tudor World and William ‘Kingsley’ Shakespeare for their assistance; the River Bank restaurant for staying open late; The Contemporary Choir for providing the entertainment; Stratford Rotary volunteers and last but not least St Basils own volunteers.