Your collective spirit and determination have always been a reason for the Sleep-Out’s appeal and success. While we can’t be together in person this year, we can virtually. That’s why we will be hosting a series of live streamed events on the night so we can be together and share our own ‘sleep-out’ experience with each other. Stay tuned for more details.

What will I need on the night?

· Sleeping bag or duvets and blankets
· Cardboard and/or plastic sheeting to be placed between you and the ground
· Plenty of warm clothes, hats, gloves, and waterproofs
· Snacks and drinks
· A torch. One with a red filter is best. You can buy these or make your own with some red film.

I don’t have a garden- can I take part?

You don’t necessarily need your own garden to take part. If you have a secure balcony choose to sleep here or even use your living room, porch, kitchen or bathroom floor. Or think out of the box and sleep in your bathtub! Anywhere a little unexpected and a little un comfy works.

How do I raise funds by sleeping out at home/in my garden? 

The Big Bath Sleep-Out: At Home is still the exact same challenge of sleeping outside for one night, like the sleep-out in Alice Park. You can choose to sleep-out without a tent, just with cardboard and your sleeping bag as you would at the normal event. Or if sleeping inside, choose somewhere uncomfortable to make it a challenge. 

The easiest way to raise funds from home would be through a Just Giving page. Upon registering, you’ll be sent a link to set your page up. It is then time to start raising sponsorship, through friends, colleagues, and family. It’s important to tell your sponsors about the challenge and how you’ll still be braving the elements and outside conditions to help raise vital funds and awareness to help vulnerable men and women experiencing homelessness. 

The next morning, after the Sleep-Out, you can go indoors, have a warm bath, a cooked breakfast, chat to family and friends about your experience or just catch up on lost sleep. The big difference for people who are forced to sleep rough is that they don’t have that option. 

What happens if the weather is bad?

The Sleep-Out is a challenge that will give you a very small insight into what it might be like to sleep rough every night, including cold temperatures and wet weather. If, however, the weather is too severe – such as torrential rain or snow – please do move inside. 

Please note, it’s not giving up or failing if you make the decision to move inside. In fact, this can provide a calm environment and time for reflection on your experience, and how lucky you are to have the choice to move indoors.  

Will I receive any resources for the night and to help me fundraise?

Absolutely. Jess will send you regular emails between now and the event to help organise your fundraising and how to sleep out on the night. If you’d like some fundraising tips now, head to our Fundraising Tips & Ideas page.

Download your social media pack here and start letting your friends and family know you’re taking part in the Sleep-Out.

What is the fundraising target? 

Every penny and pound you raise goes towards supporting vulnerable and isolated individuals. We do not charge an entry fee for the event but ask that all participants aim to raise at least £100 in sponsorship. See Your Impact to find out the important ways your funds can make a difference and help rebuild lives.  

I received a cash or check donation. What do I do? 

Cheques should be made payable to Julian House. Please send cash and cheques to Julian House, 55 New King Street, BA1 2BN. With your full name and Big Bath Sleep-Out 2021 written on.