Around 150 people are preparing to experience a night on the streets to raise funds for a St Leonards-based homeless charity.
To mark its 30th anniversary, the Seaview Project has organised a mass sleep out on The Stade Open Space on Friday, September 25, and generous supporters have already raised thousands of pounds for the cause.
Elaine Partington, of Awareness for Action, a fundraising group which works with Seaview, said: “We are hoping to raise as much as we can.
“We have raised £10,000 already from people participating, not including money from local businesses, which is fantastic.”
Seaview has also expressed its gratitude to the local businesses which have given their backing to The Big Sleep, including Stamco, The Carlisle, Undercliffe House, the Park Lane Group, Pissarro’s and Italian Way.
All donations made will go directly towards the Seaview Project’s work with the homeless and inadequately housed.
The event will include two hours of free live music from 8pm, which will be open to all members of the public.
King Size Slim will be bringing some explosive roots and blues to the party while the eight-piece Mighty Sounds will be delivering the power of reggae.
Then those who have registered to part in the sleep out will bed down on their cardboard boxes for a bedtime story, read by Candice Foreshaw.
It is hoped The Big Sleep could make a return in 2016.
Elaine said: “It seems to be successful so far.
“We are hoping to make it an annual event.”
To donate, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/events/thebigsleep2015
To find out more about the work of Seaview, visit www.seaviewproject.co.uk.
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