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Charity Fundraising Event, Fri 28 Sep 2018


Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral


The Cathedral Office,
12a Minster Precincts,

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Peterborough’s Big Sleep Out

Together transforming homelessness

Help us reach 900 hours to raise awareness and funds for homeless people in the city!

When: Friday 28th September 2018
Where: Peterborough Cathedral

Time: 7pm – 7am

Eventbrite - Peterborough's Big Sleep Out

YMCA Trinity Group, Hope into Action and The Light Project Peterborough are joining forces for Peterborough’s Big Sleep Out. Together we aim to transform homelessness in Peterborough by providing additional services to support homeless people. Peterborough’s Big Sleep Out is a combination of YMCA Sleep Easy and Hope into Action Big Sleep out event with the aim of raising more awareness and funds to support more homeless people across the city. All the money raised from the event will be split equally between the 3 charities to leave a lasting legacy for the city in it’s 900th year. The aim is simple: spend a night challenging yourself to sleep rough to help others in the city.

What is homelessness?

In 2016/17 rough sleeping rose by 15% to 4,751 people across the UK. In December 2017 78,930 household across the UK were in temporary accommodation. 2,830 young people aged 16 – 24 were accepted by local authorities as homeless. Sadly these figures do not take into account ‘hidden homeless’ which is on the increase across the UK.

Homelessness is defined by the Government as ‘having no permanent home to go to’. The reality is you don’t have to be on the streets to be considered homeless; many families are in temporary B&B accommodation, young people can ‘sofa surf’ for many years relying on the goodwill of others for a bed for the night. 27% of young people became homeless due to relatives or friends no longer being able or willing to provide accommodation. Reality for many single adults and working parents is that they are only 2 pay cheques away from eviction due to increased living costs and limited savings.

Imagine how you would cope if you became homeless through no fault of your own. Maybe you were fleeing an arranged marriage? Or escaping from physical, mental or sexual abuse? Maybe you have been made redundant from your job and can’t pay your rent, or your parents have found a new partner who simply doesn’t want you around? Where would you go? How isolated would you feel?

Homeless people’s lives can get out of control very quickly; they can find themselves moving from place to place sometimes daily, often sharing their living space with strangers. With limited access to support and financial help serious issues can often occur, but it doesn’t have to be like this.

YMCA Trinity Group, Hope into Action and The Light Project provide a variety of services to support those in need. Together we house and support rough sleeper, young people, vulnerable single adults and families across Peterborough.

What will Peterborough’s Big Sleep Out involve?

Starting at 7pm, the night will involve activities that give you an experience of what it is like to actually sleep on the streets. You will be provided with hot refreshments, entertainment and materials to make a shelter. However the reality is that many rough sleepers do not have the luxury of running water and toilet facilities as we will do.

Sleeping outside you will experience what it’s like to get minimal sleep as you feel vulnerable to the elements and other people around.

You quickly realise how cold it gets, even though you are able to bring your own sleeping equipment. At sunrise we will wake you up with a hot drink and breakfast before you return back to normal life after just one night on the streets. Sadly for thousands of rough sleepers the reality is very different.

Register your place now and make a difference in your local community.

To Donate:

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 28 Sep 2018 19:00


Entry Fee:

Adult (16+) – £10.00
Family (2 Adults 2 Children) – £17.50
Child (Under 16) – FREE


See location of Peterborough Cathedral on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TL 192987  Lat: 52.57308 Long: -0.24159

By Road:
From the A1M: Follow signs for city centre, follow ring road to jct 5.

By Public Transport:
From Peterborough station it is 10 minutes' walk to Peterborough Cathedral.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Peterborough station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

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