Local families in Brighton, Hove and beyond are being invited to camp out together at Sussex Homeless Support’s (SHS) first Sleep Out on Friday 5 October. There will be live music, hot food and drinks and a camp fire at Hove Lagoon. Tents will be provided and there will be security all night.
Officially announcing the event, Jim Deans, founder of Sussex Homeless Support explained: “We wanted to put together a fun event, where people can come together with their community and toast some marshmallows. But there’s a serious message too: as the nights draw in – we don’t want another winter like 2017 when far too many of Brighton & Hove’s most vulnerable people died on our streets. We don’t want to see any more deaths on our streets throughout the cold months of 2018 and beyond. It’s every person’s right to have a basic roof over their head. We are inviting all local politicians to join us for just one night and experience how sleeping out feels.”
There will be hot soup served from the Big Beach Cafe at the Lagoon all evening – from when the evening starts at 6pm until 11pm. Those sleeping out can rent an airbed for the night for £3 (already inflated) or pay £5 for two beds. Tents will be free (you are also welcome to bring your own).
The team will be on hand to fill up your hot water bottles and top up your flasks with warm drinks throughout the night.
Guests must register to participate in the event, either via clicking the ‘going’ button on the SHS Facebook page ‘Sussex Homeless Support CIO’ (https://www.facebook.com/events/472344569919188/) .