The Big Sleepout 2020

The final total raised at the 2020 sleepout was, after expenses, £14,747! £12,981 came from sponsorship, with the remainder coming from donations on the day, the raffle, and sales at the winter fair.

We would like to thank everyone who helped to organise the event, those who came to the winter fair on the day, all of you who donated so generously, and most of all our sleepers who braved a night in Storm Dennis to help refugees in Europe and the homeless of Cambridge.

You can see a list of the amazing volunteer sleepers at

Read a report on the event on our news page

Below is the original timetable and info about the event

Timetable for Saturday 15 February

Winter Fair begins, including cake, coffee and soup stalls, children’s activities, the chance to buy one of our Ponchos4All, a photo booth, and representatives from Refugees at Home and Cambridge University Society RE:action
Short concert from Resound Choir
Speeches from Rowan Williams, Glenys Newton (Refugees at Home), a representative from Cambridge’s resettled refugee community, and representatives from Cambridge Churches Homeless Project and CamCRAG
Raffle draw
End of the fair – the sleepers have a communal meal before braving the elements and settling down to sleep outside

poster for 2020 SleepoutNobody should sleep outside in winter but many people have no choice. For the rough sleepers on the streets of Cambridge and the refugees in northern France, who sleep on waste land around Calais and Dunkirk, homelessness is not their fault. They may be in this situation because they have lost their job, have family or health problems, have fled persecution, or because their home in Syria or Kurdistan was destroyed by bombs. They all face the same struggles, conditions and stigmatisation.

Help us support these people by joining our sponsored sleepout in the beautiful setting of St Giles’ Church on the corner of Castle Hill, from Saturday evening to Sunday morning. There will be a winter fair on Saturday afternoon, an evening meal and breakfast will be provided, and you can choose how you want to sleep: inside the church, outside in a tent, or outside under a tarpaulin!

You can read more about 2019’s sleepout on our website

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