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YMCA Exeter Sleep Easy Raises Over £14,000 For Young Homeless People

YMCA Exeter Sleep Easy Raises Over £14,000  For Young Homeless People

Local people helped to raise £14,268 at the YMCA Exeter Sleep Easy, a local fundraising event which took place on Saturday 9th March.

More than 40 people took part in the event by sleeping out for the night in the grounds of Barnfield Crescent. Their efforts have helped to raise money but also awareness of the important work the local youth charity carry out. Participants paid an entry fee of £10 and were sleeping on DIY cardboard beds.

It was all part of the national YMCA Sleep Easy Week that saw YMCAs across the country come together over seven days to promote their work with young people.

Llew and Stella Nicholls taking part in YMCA Exeter Sleep EAsy
YMCA Sleep Easy 2019 Llew and Stella Nicholls from Grow

The money raised was more than will be used to support YMCA Exeter’s services for young people who are transitioning out of homelessness. Participants included teams from Grow Exeter, New Look, Knight Frank, Exeter College and AECOM.

Gareth Sorsby, YMCA Exeter Chief Executive, said:

“We’re thrilled about the success and I’d like to thank everyone who took part and spent the night out with us.

“Thanks to your kindness we can now help even more young people than before and support them to realise their potential. One night out can make a lifetime of difference.”

YMCA Exeter has operated in the area since 1846. Services for its hundreds of young clients include Supported Accommodation, Skills & Enterprise and Health & Wellbeing.  

Lisa Butt and David Fosburry in home made shelter for YMCA EXeter Sleep Easy
YMCA Exeter Sleep Easy 2019 Lisa Butt & David Fosburry

Bethan Spencer, Fundraising Manager at YMCA Exeter, said:

“Sleeping rough for a night can be a life changing experience for many people. We can never truly understand how difficult it is being young and homeless, unless we experience even a fraction of what it’s like sleeping out.

“By taking part in our annual sponsored sleep-out, participants have actively shown their care and compassion for the young people in our community.”

If you are interested in making a donation or volunteering for YMCA Exeter please visit the JustGiving website.

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