Stars under the stars! Stonepillow chief Willis grateful for support of charity’s annual fund-raiser

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Stonepillow chief executive Geoffrey Willis has spoken of his gratitude towards those backing the charity’s annual fundraising event, The Big Sleep Out.

Ahead of the event, which takes place on Saturday 7th October in the grounds of Chichester Cathedral, he said: “It is great to see individuals, groups and businesses in the community coming together to help end homelessness. We are grateful to everyone that takes part and particularly to Liberty Group for sponsoring this year’s event.”

The big day kicks off with live music at 2:30pm as people arrive and start building their cardboard shelters before putting them to the test for the night. Participants are sponsored to sleep out raising vital funds for the charity and increasing awareness of homelessness in the area.

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Stonepillow offers shelter, information and support that people need to make positive changes and find independent accommodation they can call home. Stonepillow supports people 365 days a year in Chichester, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton,  and has 86 clients in their accommodation on any given evening.

Jason Bartlett, Liberty Group Regional Director said: “We are proud to sponsor the Big Sleep Out. Liberty Group focuses on keeping people safe and warm in their homes and as we approach winter, it is sad to think that some people do not have a place to call home. By sponsoring the event, we can help Stonepillow make a difference to people in need of shelter and support. We wish everyone taking part the best of luck and hope the weather is kind!”

Stonepillow have offerd thanks Rapid Relief Team (RRT), COOK in Chichester and Costa, East Street Chichester, for assisting with food and refreshments for participants.

A spokesman adds: “There is also lots going on during the day for the public. Stonepillow invite you to the Cathedral from 2pm where you can find out more about the work they do, speak to staff and volunteers, browse the Stonepillow Restore pop-up shop or buy some raffle tickets for your chance of winning some fantastic prizes.”

Stonepillow hope to raise £30,000 this year and every penny will go directly towards providing essential support to local homeless and vulnerable people. The event does not aim to replicate homelessness but it does give a small insight into the realities of rough sleeping.

*It’s not too late to sign up and take part! A small registration fee of £15 per person includes refreshments, an evening BBQ and entertainment. For further information telephone: 01243 537934.

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