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GIVE UP YOUR BED FOR THE NIGHT & HELP LOCAL HOMELESS PEOPLE
 
On or around World Homeless Day, Saturday 10th October 2020
All across South Essex
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Text BED to 70460 to donate £10* and kickstart your fundraising.
*Texts cost £10 plus your standard network rate
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The Really Big South Essex Sleep Out is back but this year it's a SLEEP IN! 
Last year’s Really Big South Essex Sleep Out raised over £11,000 for Southend’s Homeless Charity, HARP, to support local people taking steps to overcome homelessness for good.

This year, The Really Big South Essex Sleep Out is being done slightly differently due to the current pandemic and we're turning it into a Sleep IN... but we still want it to be even bigger and better than last year.

 

You can help by taking part!

You can choose to just give up your bed for the night and sleep on the floor or build a den in your lounge or bedroom, or you could brave the elements in your back garden with just a sleeping bag, or get the tent out and camp with the whole family.
 
Either way, make a night of it and raise money for local homeless people as you sleep! And if you're a local school, you can still benefit from a special Sleep Out Assembly (online or offline), before taking part in the event. 
HARP, based in Southend, is a charity that believes everyone should have a place to call their own, and that no one should be sleeping on the streets.
We provide a comprehensive service to help single homeless people get back on their feet and live independently in the community. 
The money you raise through your Sleep In will go towards helping local homeless people in Southend and the surrounding areas.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up today for FREE to receive your Welcome Pack!
 

HOW IT WORKS

Simply give up your bed for the night! You can choose to create a den in your lounge/bedroom or brave the elements and camp out in the garden. Either way, make a night of it and raise money for local homeless people as you sleep!
 
Here's how it works in 5 easy steps...

1

Register for free to host your own Sleep In on or around World Homeless Day, Saturday 10th October 2020. 

2

We'll send you a FREE downloadable Welcome Pack including sponsorship forms, tips for the big night, fundraising ideas and more! 

3

Plan your Sleep In, promote it on social media, tell your friends and family, get sponsored, and make sure you get plenty of rest in the run up to the big night!

4

The Big Day! Give up your bed for the night on or around *Saturday 10th October, World Homeless Day, and raise as much money as possible for local homeless people!

*Or you can pick another date that works for you. 

5

Send us your photos for our online gallery and of course the money you have raised! 

Why not kickstart your fundraising by texting BED to 70460 to donate £10*
*Texts cost £10 plus your standard network rate
 
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WHAT YOU GET

When you sign up you will receive your very own FREE Welcome Pack to help you plan your Sleep In, raise money and most importantly have a great time on the night.
In the post we'll send you your FREE Welcome Pack containing your free wristband, a downloadable sponsorship form and activities for the night.  
Wrist bands!
Sponsorship forms!
Activities!
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Then, after the big night, every Sleep In that raises over £50 will receive a Sleep Out Survivor T-Shirt, with participating children receiving a free gift. Everyone who returns sponsorship money will receive a certificate. And the local school that raises the most money will receive a Sleep In Champions trophy! So don't forget to tell us which school to allocate your Sleep In funds to when you sign up!
A t-shirt for everyone who raises £50!
A Sleep In Certificate!
Trophy for Sleep In Champion School!
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You'll also get the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a real difference to local people in Southend or are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 
HOW COULD YOUR SLEEP IN CHANGE THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO FIND THEMSELVES HOMELESS?
 
£10 could provide a warm meal and help cover the cost of a two-night stay in our emergency accommodation.
£20 will help to give somebody the chance to talk through their problems with a professional support worker. A conversation with a project worker at HARP can change somebody's life forever.
 
£45 could help provide a Home Starter Pack to help a local homeless person get back on their feet and rebuild their lives for a brighter future. 
Why not kickstart your fundraising by texting BED to 70460 to donate £10*
*Texts cost £10 plus your standard network rate
 

ABOUT HARP

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HARP is the independent charity based in Southend working to reduce homelessness by providing essential services, emergency housing and long term solutions empowering people to rebuild their lives and return to independent living.
In the last 5 years, we've helped over 5,000 people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Southend. We help people with things like advice, support or a hot meal.
We also have the capacity to house up to 223 people in our emergency accommodation and supported housing across the town. The aim is always to give people like Jack the confidence and skills to move on to independent accommodation. 

“I was terrified. Before I came to HARP I was in a really dark place mentally. My mum knew I needed more support than she could give me so she brought me to HARP.”
 
25-year-old Jack came to HARP after being evicted by his landlord. He had been struggling with drug and alcohol addiction for years, which became a coping mechanism after his father died, leading him to lose jobs and eventually his home.
“I can’t thank HARP enough for what it’s done for me. Before this, I didn’t have support around me but sometimes you just need someone to say ‘I believe in you’, to pat you on the shoulder when you do something positive and say ‘well done, keep going’. That’s what a lot of people need – just that bit of support.”
Jack has now been accepted to study a degree in psychology and has moved on from HARP into his university accommodation. He plans to work for the NHS and eventually study a PHD.  
All of this is only possible thanks to people like you supporting us through events like this.
 
Thank you for your support!
EVERY £5 RAISED DURING THE REALLY BIG SOUTH ESSEX SLEEP OUT WILL HELP
MAKE SURE SOMEONE LIKE JACK HAS A BED FOR THE NIGHT.
We'll make sure we spend all the money raised wisely. In the year ending March 2019, for every £1 raised for HARP, 94p went directly on our front line services, helping people like Jack get back on their feet. This compares well to most large charities, who tend to spend just 80p per £1 on front line services.
Text BED to 70460 to donate £10*
and kickstart your fundraising 
*Texts cost £10 plus your standard network rate

© HARP 2020

HARP is the independent Southend based charity that reduces homelessness by providing essential services, emergency housing and long term solutions. This enables people to rebuild their lives and live independently in the community.

HARP is a registered provider of social housing number: 4742  /  Registered Charity Number: 1098126