Local businesses to join Sleep Easy campaign to raise awareness of homelessness

YMCA’s annual sleep out will return to Lincolnshire for a 10th year next year, along with the support of local businesses.

YMCA Lincolnshire hosts its Sleep Easy event at Lincoln Cathedral each year, in a bid to raise awareness and funds for homelessness across the county and beyond.

Since 2010 more than 6,000 people have slept rough for a night across the UK, raising money which supports local YMCA services.

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Next year, monies raised in Lincolnshire will go towards building a support centre for the homeless in Lincoln.

Holly Eyre, from YMCA Lincolnshire said: “Our annual sleep out at Lincoln Cathedral will see sponsored sleepers spend a night battling the elements, replicating what it might be like to spend a night on the street.”

More than 60 local people slept out in the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral in March this year, braving rain and bitter cold, and YMCA Lincolnshire hopes to double that figure in 2019.

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The 2019 event will take place at Lincoln Cathedral from 7pm on Friday, March 15 until 7am the next day.

As of Tuesday, December 11, 20 people have signed up for next year’s event including local business people.

Amy Conyard of Pin Gin, one business involved with the 2019 campaign, told CityX “We are fortunate enough to be in a position where we have a roof over our head and food on the table, our aim is to raise funds and awareness for those people who are not so lucky.

“We intend to run a campaign through our social media channels and also we intend to have a set period of time in the build up to the Sleep Easy where we will donate an amount for every bottle of Pin Gin sold.”

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