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29 January 2019

Portman Road is venue for Sleep Easy event

Town are helping to boost funds for the homeless by providing the venue for YMCA Trinity Group’s Sleep Easy event this year.

The event, which raises awareness of sleeping rough and provides funds to support young, homeless people across the town, will take place at Portman Road on Friday, March 8.

The aim is simple: participants spend a night challenging themselves to sleep rough, raising money to help change the lives of vulnerable young people. All the money raised goes directly to support YMCA’s accommodation services in Ipswich.

From 2017/18 the charity housed and supported over 650 people in its supported accommodation across the region.

Jonathan Martin, YMCA Trinity Group chief executive, said: “Most people might be surprised to realise that most homeless people don’t in fact live on the street. Almost 70 per cent live in temporary accommodation, and that’s where YMCA provides vital support.

“Our Sleep Easy event is all about raising awareness of the plight of homelessness among young people – they are often the most affected by this situation, often moving from place to place and staying on a friend’s sofa. Our aim is to help young people realise their full potential and we’re calling on our local community to sign up to help us support young people today and into the future.”

Lee O’Neill, general manager football operations, at Town added: “Homelessness is such a big issue in our town – and it’s not just a problem that is faced in the winter, as we may often suspect. We’re inviting all of our local community to take part in this major fundraising event, from which we hope to raise over £10,000 for YMCA Trinity Group, all with the aim of combating youth homelessness in Ipswich.”

Starting at 7pm at Portman Road, the night will involve activities that best replicate what it’s like to actually sleep on the streets. Participants will be provided with hot refreshments and materials to make a shelter. Sleeping outside, participants will experience exactly what it’s like to sleep rough.

To sign up for Sleep Easy, please click here.

Adult tickets cost £10 and children under 16 go free. Family tickets (two adults and two children) cost £17.50, and YMCA Trinity Groups welcomes individual fundraising on top of the entry fee.  


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