Since 2018 we have organised five sponsored sleepouts: Volunteers spend a night sleeping outdoors in winter to raise money for refugees in Europe and homeless people in the Cambridge area.
On the Saturday we hold a winter fair open to everyone, with a variety of stalls selling crafts and gifts, vintage clothes, hot drinks and snacks, and much more.
Then on the Saturday evening our sponsored sleepers have a communal meal before settling down to a night in tents or under tarpaulins, with the money they raise split between CamCRAG and our partner organisation for that year, usually a local charity which supports the homeless in Cambridge.
As part of our guidance for the sleepouts, we have prepared a guide to sleeping outside in cold weather.
Our annual winter fair and sponsored sleepout will be back at St Giles’ Church on the weekend of 10 and 11 February 2024.
This year our partner charity is Emmaus Cambridge, who help homeless people start a new life off the streets.
Could you spend a night outside raising money for refugees and the homeless? We have a limited number of spaces available if you want to be one of our sponsored sleepers: Find out more and register now at camcrag.org.uk/SleepoutSignup
Can you help organise the event, publicise it, or help on the day setting up, preparing food, stewarding, or tidying up? If so please email email@example.com
More info about the event at camcrag.org.uk/sleepout2024
Our 2023 sleepout was held on 4 February 2023: Our partner charity was Cambridge Cyrenians.
Sponsorship from the sleepout raised over £17,000
Read more about it on our news pages at camcrag.org.uk/2023/02/06/sleepout2023/
Our 2022 sleepout was held on 5 February 2022: Our partner charity was Cambridge Street Aid.
Sponsorship from the sleepout raised over £18,000, with a further £3,000 coming from sales at the winter fair.
Read more about it on our news page at camcrag.org.uk/2022/02/13/sleepout-and-fair-raise-record-total/
Due to the covid-19 pandemic we were unable to hold a sleepout in 2021
Our 2020 sleepout was held on 15 February 2020: Our partner charity was Cambridge Churches Homeless Project (CCHP)
Sponsorship from the sleepout raised over £12,000, with a further £2,000 coming from sales at the winter fair.
Read more about it on our news page at camcrag.org.uk/2020/02/20/sleepout-raises-over-14000/
Our 2019 sleepout was held on 26 January 2019: Our partner charity was the Whitworth Trust.
The event raised over £10,000.
Read more about it on our news page at camcrag.org.uk/2019/01/30/cambridge-calais-sleepout-raises-over-10000/
Our 2018 sleepout was held on 28 January 2018: Our partner charity was Wintercomfort.
The sleepout raised over £11,000
You can read more about it on our news pages at camcrag.org.uk/2018/01/30/sleepout-raises-over-11000/