Pillows of society! Businesses urged to back homeless charity fundraising ‘sleep out’ at Chichester Cathedral

Big Sleep Out

Businesses are being urged to back a bid to raise cash for a homeless charity ahead of a “sleep out” event at Chichester Cathedral.

Stonepillow’s annual fundraising event, the Big Sleep Out, takes place on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October and sees participants get sponsored to bed down for a night to raise vital funds for the homeless and increase awareness of the issue.

Organisers aim to raise £30,000 and have pledged that “every penny will go directly towards providing essential support to local homeless people within our community”.

“We are looking for businesses to sponsor the event to cover overhead costs such as equipment hire, entertainment, advertising etc. which will help us boost the overall funds raised,” says a spokesman. “In return for sponsorship we will include your logo on all of our event marketing materials, our website, social media and in our newsletter. You will also be invited to judge the shelter competition.”

Stonepillow are also looking for organisations to support the event by providing resources such as materials for the shelter competition; infrastructure support and materials – such as marquees, chairs, tarpaulin and food and drink.

“We are proud to host a fundraising event that reflects local residents and businesses working together.” adds a spokesman. “Why not take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and get your organisation involved to support a worthy cause whilst raising your profile.”

As well as backing from businesses, Stonepillow are looking for volunteers to take part, adding: “We invite you to take on the challenge of swapping your beds for cardboard shelters.

“Not only is this a great team building exercise but you also get a great sense of satisfaction knowing you have made a real difference to the work we do.”

If you would like to support the event, contact Laura Bulbeck on 01243 537934 or lbulbeck@stonepillow.org.uk.

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