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Help The Brick raise awareness and money for rough sleepers throughout Wigan & Leigh on the 24th April, as we try and highlight some of the many challenges faced every night.

By raising money with friends, family members and colleagues you can help support vital projects that allow The Brick to support people transitioning through homelessness. By swapping your bed for a sleeping bag and raising money you can help ensure rough sleeper can have warm and safe accommodation, nutritious meals every night.

This years Sleepout will be held at the galleries outdoor market. The event will start at 9:00pm. Participants will be provided with an evening meal as well as performances from live musicians, theatre groups and an outdoor cinema. Breakfast will be served in the morning and the event will finish at 6:00am.

Please note the Sleepout is a fundraising challenge that doesn’t replicate what it’s like to sleep rough, but gives participants an idea of the situation a lot of people find themselves in, while also supporting those who face this as a reality. While we will provide on-site security whilst participating in this event you will be responsible for your own safety.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Thanks for taking an interest in the 2020 Sleepout and for supporting The Brick! This page will be updated with information for everyone taking part in the event.

About the event

Date: Friday 24th April 2020

Location: Galleries Outdoor Market

Time: 9:00pm

How do I register?

You can register by following the link to our Eventbrite.

How should I start collecting sponsorship?

​The simplest way to reach your fundraising goal is to set up your own online fundraising page. We recommend using JustGiving, as it’s really easy to use and share. Friends, family and colleagues can donate simply and securely. To do this visit The Brick’s Just Giving Page at: and click the orange “Start Fundraising” button.

Can I use a paper sponsor form as well as fundraising online?

Of course. Get in touch with our fundraising team at charlie@thebrick.org.uk and we’ll send you an offline sponsorship form.

Do I have to sleep outside all night?

The Galleries have allowed us full use of their facilities for the event. The event will be open until 6:30 am however the gates will be open all night for anyone who needs to make an early exit. Staff will be available throughout the night to provide security, assist sleepers and to answer any questions you may have.

What time should I arrive?

The event will start at 9:00pm and will end at 6:00am.

Will there be any refreshments provided?

We’ll provide hot and cold drinks and snacks throughout the night, and a simple breakfast in the morning. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks if you prefer.

Can I bring alcohol?

​No. For safety and security reasons, alcohol will not be permitted. There is a serious message behind why we host this event. People are sleeping rough night after night, and whilst you will be safe and in good company, this is only a snapshot of the hardships people sleeping rough have to face.

Is there an age limit to take part?

Yes. The minimum participant age is 11, however everyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Will there be toilets I can use?

Toilets will be available throughout the night.

What time does the event finish?

Breakfast, wake up and clear up will be from 5.30am onwards and everyone must have left by 6:00pm.

​What should I bring with me on the night?

Please bring…

  • Something to lie on – a camping mat or thick cardboard
  • Sleeping bag and blankets
  • Warm clothes, layers, thick socks, a hat, scarf and gloves
  • Waterproofs
  • Torch
  • Flask and/or drinking bottle
  • Rubbish bag for your waste
  • Any sponsorship money raised offline and your sponsor form (funds raised online come directly to the charity)​.


Please do not bring…

  • A stove or fire of any kind
  • Alcohol – anyone under the influence of alcohol will not be able to take part
  • Tents or canopies
  • Footballs or other ball games
  • Music, except for personal iPods or devices with headphones
  • Anyone who hasn’t registered
  • Unnecessary valuables – there won’t be a place to store these securely
  • Anyone under the age of 18, unless they are accompanied by an adult
  • Donated items for the Brick – we don’t have capacity on the night to transport them.

Can I bring sponsorship money in cash or cheques to the event?

Yes, you will have a chance to hand this in at the registration desk when you arrive. Please make sure your name is on your sponsorship forms and envelopes and make noted of the total amount. Thank you.

Can I join in the event if I haven’t registered?

No, unfortunately not. All participants must have completed a registration form and paid the registration fee.

Why is there a registration fee?

This small fee goes towards the administrative costs of you taking part in the event and directly toward helping people who are homeless.

What will the money I raise go towards?

The funds raised at The Brick Sleepout will enable us to continue to support hundreds of people in the coming year.

The demand for our services is increasing every year and we need funding thought the year to finance our work. For this reason, as a charity, we need to continue to fundraise to make sure our vital services are sustainable.

Your support will help us to continue to offer advice, support and activities for people who have experienced homelessness.

 

If you have any further questions about the Sleepout please email charlie@thebrick.org.uk.