Veterans charity Alabaré are calling on people across the UK to take part in their Big Sleep at Home event on 5 March. The charity say that the ongoing pandemic, and the economic and mental health repercussions, are putting thousands more people at risk of homelessness.
All the funds raised from the sponsored event, will help provide accommodation and support for those who find themselves in crisis and without a home. Big Sleepers will give up their bed for one night, and sleep in an uncomfortable place in their home, garden or other venue (permitted by the Covid restrictions). Throughout the evening Alabaré are being joined by local celebrities and other figures as the event is streamed online.
Newly appointed Alabaré Patron, author and presenter, Reverend Joanna Jepson will be sleeping out from her post as a British Army chaplain.
Laura Knight, Community Engagement Officer at Alabaré says;
“We are thrilled that people are responding so positively to the idea of doing the Big Sleep at Home. Thanks to all those signing up on-line, we can still hold this vital, community event, making a massive difference for those who are struggling or facing crisis during this devasting pandemic.”
Staff at Alabaré Homes for Veterans, have been working on the frontline throughout the crisis, making sure Veterans and others who have lost their home have safety, warmth, food, and support to begin rebuilding their lives once more.
The charity has lined up a diverse and entertaining evening for those sleeping out at home. Big Sleepers will be able to listen in to a bedtime story from renowned award-winning author Barney Norris, take part in den building with ex-SAS Major Ken Hames, join in an online quiz, as well hear from Alabaré CEO Andrew Lord and from some of the many people who have been supported by Alabaré and who know first-hand the difference events like the Big Sleep make.
For more information, and to register for free, go to www.alabare.co.uk.