YMCA Northumberland have organised a Sleep Easy Event which will take place on the 15 & 16 March 2019.

The event provides an opportunity for people to come together to raise awareness of homelessness and raise vital funds to support YMCA Northumberland’s preventative work with vulnerable young people in this area. If you would like to take part participants must brave the cold, sleep in a cardboard shelter for one night and get sponsored for their efforts.

Across the UK, and locally, homelessness services are experiencing an increase in demand for the support they offer. Rough sleeping is on the rise with there being an increase of 15% from 2016 to 2017, and an increase of 169% from 2010.

YMCA Northumberland are encouraging as many people as possible to take part. If your business or community group would like to take part Sleep Easy is not only a challenging and eye opening experience but also a great opportunity for team building.

In previous YMCA Northumberland Sleep Easy events over £4,000 has been raised to support the organisations work with the homeless.

The Sleep Easy event will take place on Friday 15 till Saturday 16 March, 7pm till 7am, at Woodhorn Museum in Ashington. The entry fee is £5 which goes towards the cost of running and administering the event. You can also sponsor individuals taking part or donate directly to the Sleep Easy appeal through Virgin Money Giving.

For more information and to take part visit www.ymcanorthumberland.org.uk/sleep-easy

The YMCA have been active in Northumberland for over 130 years, empowering young people to help them reach their true potential.  The YMCA’s building is on North View, in Ashington, behind Station Road (NE63 9XQ). For more information on their work visit www.ymcanorthumberland.org.uk