Last year the Eden Sleep Out happened virtually with people bedding down in their gardens. This year however, it will be back, between the Biomes of the magnificent Eden Project. This will be the eigth year that the Eden Project has hosted an annual Sleep Out and the events have raised thousands of pounds for two charities, St Petrocs and the Amber Foundation.
Among the contributors will be Raynor Winn, best selling author of The Salt Path and The Wild Silence and Helen Trevaskis of Street Draw 24.
The Amber Foundation has three residential centres across the South and South West, including Ashley Court in Chawleigh near Crediton, Devon, where it helps unemployed homeless young people. Becky Fry, Amber’s Fundraising Manager, said: “The return of Sleepout is very timely and the funds will be an immediate help. Young people have been hit hard, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Families and individuals barely getting by before the pandemic have been put under additional strain after over a year of successive lockdowns and uncertainty.”
Over the winter of 2020/21 St Petrocs provided emergency accommodation to 40 people, utilising 20 hotels and guesthouses across Cornwall for an aggregate of 937 nights. Only 25 per cent of our clients were in good health and 45 per cent had mental health problems. Personalised support resulted in 33 people not having to return to the streets.One St Petrocs client in his sixties, who has multiple health problems but still works six days a week, said after being found accommodation last winter: “I wouldn’t have survived if I had to sleep rough. I’d have froze to death.”
St Petrocs Communication Manager Dave Brown said: “We are really excited to be working again alongside the Amber Foundation and the Eden Project on this year’s Sleepout, which raises awareness of people experiencing homelessness. At this time of year, as the weather starts to turn and it becomes colder, it is vital to make sure services are in place to alleviate rough sleeping wherever we find it.”
Eden’s Development Director Dan James said: “At Eden we like to think of ourselves as a village hall for some great causes and none is greater than the work done by our fellow charities St Petrocs and Amber Foundation. We urge people to sign up to the Sleepout and get as much sponsorship as they can to help homeless people. Everyone I have spoken with who has taken part in the past has said it is a night they will never forget.”
A full programme for the November 25 Sleepout at the Eden Project will be announced soon.
Eden’s webpage and details on how to sign up can be found on the link below: