The Big Sleep to mark charity’s 30th birthday

For 30 years Seaview has supported some of the most vulnerable people in Hastings, most of whom experience problems with their accommodation.

And to mark this anniversary, people are being invited to experience what it is like sleeping on the streets.

On September 25, Seaview is to mark its 30 year milestone with its largest event to date, The Big Sleep, complete with an evening of live music and entertainment, and a sponsored mass sleep-out at The Stade Open Space.

Headlining the event will be award-winning blues man King Size Slim, known for the power of his performances, and last year picked up the inaugural Emerging Artist British Blues Award, as well as opening for rock legends Queen at Westminster Hall, London, on New Year’s Eve.

Also performing at The Big Sleep will be Hastings-based reggae band The Mighty Sounds, with a mystery special guest lined up to read a bedtime story to participants.

Sue Burgess, operations manager, said: “The reality of sleeping rough is not something experienced by the majority of people, and albeit for one night only, The Big Sleep will enable participants to engage with the reality of bedding down for the night with only a cardboard box and sleeping bag for warmth.

“A free soup run and hot drinks will be available throughout the night with porridge served the following morning.”

Participants are asked to raise as much as they can in sponsorship, with a minimum of £25. Raise £50 or more to receive a Big Sleep T-shirt, raise £100 and get a hoodie. The biggest fundraiser will receive a special prize.

Entertainment is free and open to all between 8-10pm, but the sleep-out will be open only to those who have registered online at before Friday September 18.

Made possible with support from the Foreshore Trust, The Big Sleep promises to be a night to remember.

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