Charities set to take to the terraces in Leeds Big Sleep 2023 on Thursday 23rd November
The Leeds Big Sleep is back for the seventh year in a row, as the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, St George’s Crypt and St Gemma’s Hospice team up for a night under the stars at Headingley Stadium on Thursday 23rd November.
The Leeds Big Sleep is a major fundraising event, which over the past 6 years since its launch in 2017, has grown from strength to strength, raising £225,000 for the three charities involved in a bid to raise awareness for some of the city’s most vulnerable.
People from around the area, including volunteers, businesses, staff and Leeds Rhinos players, are asked to give up one night in the comfort of their homes, to join us in spending a night under the stars out on the terraces at Headingley Stadium.
Raising awareness of the plight faced by people amongst our community is more important than it ever has been. As we live in a cost-of-living crisis, now is the time that as a society, we must come together, be resourceful and raise funds for those that need it the most. The Leeds Rhinos Foundation, St George’s Crypt and St Gemma’s Hospice represent, in their own ways, the amazing work that charities in Leeds are doing to help.
Leeds Rhinos Foundation is the official charity of Leeds Rhinos and was set up in 2005. Through harnessing the power of sport, the charity delivers projects in the heart of the community, making a positive, lasting impression on individuals’ lives. Through the key sectors: Education, Health, Sport, Art and Heritage, the Foundation aim to change lives by engaging, inspiring and transforming through the powerful tool that is sport.
To find out more about the work the Foundation are doing in our community, CLICK HERE.
Gareth Cook, Head of Community and Engagement said: “We are delighted to be hosting the seventh Leeds Big Sleep, in partnership with our wonderful charity partners, St Georges Crypt and St Gemma’s Hospice. The event has raised a significant amount of funds for all three Leeds based charities who support those most vulnerable people in the city across a variety of projects. The funds raised allow us to sustain this work and provide more opportunities for local people. We are encouraging individuals as well as businesses take part this year and see this as a great teambuilding activity whilst supporting all three organisations. Our aim this year is to recruit 500 sleepers!”
St George’s Crypt have been helping the homeless, the vulnerable and those suffering with addiction since 1930. They have come a long way from their roots, but their vision has always remained the same: supporting the homeless and vulnerable of Leeds. In order to achieve this, they have built a range of social enterprises in retail and catering, provided 10,920 beds to occupants needing a safe place to sleep just last year and continue to work closely with key agencies in Leeds to support the wellbeing of those who stay under their roof.
To find out more about how they combat homelessness in Leeds, CLICK HERE.
Amanda Bennett, Fundraising Head of Relations said: “Taking place at the wonderful Headingley Stadium, this is a Leeds event for Leeds charities; hosted by Leeds Rhinos, it allows the city to experience something our clients feel regularly, to start to understand what it is to be homeless, and to raise vital funds. The funds we receive help us to continue to offer the service we have historically provided, whilst testing and developing innovative interventions to support our vulnerable clients out of homelessness. We are all facing challenging times, and we know that the more people that take part, the more chance we have of spreading the important work of all 3 charities. We feel it is important to shout out about the work that happens locally here in Leeds.”
St Gemma’s Hospice is a local, independent charity and world leader in palliative care research. We have been providing expert care to the people of Leeds for 45 years, specifically people living with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. We offer a large range of expert services, both in the hospice and in the community, as well as providing care and support for the family and friends of those suffering.
To find out more about the care we provide, CLICK HERE.
Kate Goldring, Acting Director of Income commented: “The Leeds Big Sleep is an important part of the Hospice’s fundraising calendar. Every penny raised funds expert patient care, family support and bereavement services, totally free of charge to anyone who needs it. Our new project aims to improve palliative care support for homeless people across Leeds and provide dignity and support at the end of life. The Big Sleep is a challenge that brings this project into sharp focus, and we are thrilled to be involved.”
Each year we are joined by a wide range of participants, including Leeds legends, Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Jones-Buchanan, city councilors, local business leaders and we hope that this year we will be joined by hundreds more to reach our fundraising goal.
Last year saw the event raise a record-breaking total of £67,000 after the event saw a dip in participants due to COVID the previous two years. This year we want to set that bar even higher, with a fundraising target of £100K and 500 sleepers. All participants are encouraged to fundraise a minimum target of £100 but are welcome to raise as much as they can for these three worthy causes!
The night is always one to remember, with a whole host of activities taking place throughout the evening including Rock and Roll Bingo, raffles and a chance to meet some of the Rhinos first team players. Tea and coffee will also be provided to all that take part.
All money raised will be split equally between Leeds Rhinos Foundation, St George’s Crypt and St Gemma’s Hospice, all local charities working to support local people.
To sign up for the 2023 Leeds Big Sleep, please register at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/leedsbigsleep2023