Event details

What took place in the past?
What is happening in 2019?
How can you be part of the Telford Big Sleep Out?

In the past


Stay-Telford has hosted the annual “Stay Out” fundraiser to raise money and awareness of homelessness within the borough of Telford and Wrekin.

The event has involved members of the public, local businesses. clubs and community groups coming together armed with cardboard boxes, tents, sleeping bags and any other items suitable for spending a night out on the street. 

Participants have created their own home for a night out of the items brought with them, bedding down in a car park and braving the cold overnight temperatures that many face on a night by night basis.

Collecting sponsorship from friends and family, everyone taking part has helped fund the much-needed accommodation and support provided by Stay-Telford.

The contribution of Stay-Telford to the local community has been incredibly valuable throughout its existence.


Like Stay-Telford, Maninplace has offered its own annual fundraiser, “Carry the load”.  The aim of this event was to raise money and awareness of those sleeping rough in our borough, and to celebrate the work being done to offer emergency and temporary accommodation to those in need.

The event involved a sponsored walk from Wellington to Telford Town Centre carrying a mattress, or other bedding items for those less able to carry heavy mattresses.

To add an extra element of fun to the event, fancy dress themes were added.

It’s a new look for 2019

Stay-Telford and Maninplace will be teaming up to create one big fundraising and awareness event that will bring together both previously hosted fundraisers, and a little bit extra in between.

When and where?

The fundraising event will be taking place on Friday 22nd November 2019. Depending on which parts of the event you sign up for will depend on where you need to be.

If you are signing up for Carry the Load, we will be meeting at Tesco store in Hadley Centre,, for the Mini Fest and Stay Out participants will need to meet at ASDA superstore, Donnington Wood, Telford.
Please note: We do not want to have an impact on store trading for ASDA as Friday is one of their busiest days. Parking will be available for people taking part in #TBSO and will be located in the overflow car park just past the petrol station. Parking is limited, so we would ask that where possible, you ask someone to transport you to the event and collect you the following morning.

All the details you will need for the night will be emailed to you soon after your registration has been completed. This is not an automated process, so please bear with us, we will be in touch with you.

Who can take part?

#TBSO is open to anyone wishing to take part and who is suitably fit to do so, factoring in the ability to walk 3 miles and spend a night in cold temperatures.

Children are welcome to participate but must always be accompanied by a responsible adult if under the age of 18. Whilst there is no minimum age restriction for taking part, we would suggest the event is suitable for children of 10 years or older. It is ultimately the decision of the parent or guardian to decide if their child is suitable for participation.

Carry the load

To start the evening’s proceedings, those who choose can begin with “Carry the load” setting off from Tesco, Hadley Centre at approximately 5:30pm.  The sponsored walk will take a 3 mile route to ASDA at Donnington Wood, arriving just before 7pm.

Anyone taking part in the walk is encouraged to carry some form of bedding as a representation of the many people who sleep on the streets each night right across England, this could be a sleeping bag, pillow or an inflatable bed.

For the hardier people who like a tougher challenge, you can carry a mattress from Hadley to ASDA, which could prove useful later in the evening if you are taking part in sleep out. 

Mini music festival

Once on site at ASDA, Donnington Wood, a mini music pop and rock festival will be taking place from 7pm to 10:30pm showcasing local talent from across Shropshire.

We will be listing the acts taking part very soon.

Stay Out

Following the delights of the musical talents, will be the Stay Out.  Everyone participating in the stay out will be able to pitch their home for the night using boxes, tents and any other materials that will help keep them dry and warm (caravans and cars not permitted).

The Stay Out will commence at 10:30pm through to 7am.

For every participant who makes it to 7am, a medal will await you and be presented by our team of hardy up all night volunteers.

To bring some additional fun to the night we will be offering a competition for all entrants staying for the sleep out.

Best cardboard palace

If you are staying out hardcore style and using cardboard for your shelter, you will automatically be entered into the “Best Cardboard Palace” competition.  There will be two categories for this contest:

  • Best individual palace – for anyone going it alone or with a partner
  • Best business palace – for groups of colleagues from the workplace
  • Best Club/Group palace – for the likes of Scouts/Guides who stay together

The winner of each category will win a trophy to display in their home, club house or office showing off the great efforts they undertook to stay warm and dry in aid of the homeless

Register to take part

To help us organise the event, we need you to register your place for the Telford Big Sleep Out. Click the “sign up” button below and fill out the short form. Once you have registered will you contact you soon to confirm all the details for the event.


Stay-Telford and Maninplace value your privacy, we will not pass your details to any third parties or sell your data to any other company or service. We are collecting your details solely for the purposes of running the Telford Big Sleep Out and so we can keep you updated with all event details. Your information will be kept secure at all times and will only be used for the purposes set out on this website. When you sign up, we will ask you if we can contact you about future events and the work of Stay-Telford and Maninplace, you are free to choose if you wish to be contacted by us in future and you can change your mind at any time.