2021 TBSO – All change

Today was the day…

Today, Friday 19th November 2021, would have marked the 3rd Telford Big Sleep Out event, brought Into existence between Maninplace and Stay for raising much needed funds to support homeless people across Telford and Wrekin when they have had nowhere else to turn.

Covid-19 continues to present risks across our borough, in particular the homeless community, for whom many are yet to receive their vaccination.  Both organisations have worked at the frontline of support, which has seen an increase in demand on services as funding initiatives from central Government have come to an end, with many rough sleepers returning to the streets from hotels and B & B’s.

Work has been taking place in the background to plan an event for this year, but we have been acutely aware of the increased financial burden for so many people, many who have seen their disposable income reduced or have lost employment. We also recognise that Telford and Wrekin has seen above national average cases of Covid in the area, presenting a significant risk to the health of many.

A heavy heart

These two key factors have weighed heavily on us as we have tried to reach a decision about this year’s event. We believe the risks still posed by Covid-19 in our borough are enough that it would be irresponsible to hold a large-scale public fundraising event at this time.

This has not been an easy decision as we rely so much on your financial support to carry on our work supporting Telford’s homeless and vulnerable adults, particularly during the coldest months of the year.

Although this year’s event will not take place, we still need your help!

Last year we encouraged supporters to hold their own sponsored sleep out in their back gardens as a way of raising funds. We would like to encourage you to do this once again and help us get through the winter months. Your sleep out can take place at a time that suits you….

Every penny you raise by spending a night in the cold will go directly to providing support, emergency accommodation, food, bedding, etc, for the most vulnerable of our community.

Your donations matter

You can donate your sponsorship online, or simply give a financial gift of support by clicking the button below.

Your donation will be divided equally between Maninplace and Stay, ensuring both organisations are able to fund essential wintertime activities.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider Gift Aid for your donation and make your support go even further.

Next year we will be back with “Telford Big Sleep Out – The Big Return”.

Reserve the date, Friday, November 18th 2022.

Thank you for your valued and continued support.