What an amazing night – the St Wilfrid’s Sleep Out 2018 at the iconic Abbeydale Picture House.
The sell-out evening started with over 250 people, including a team of 20 wonderful volunteers and 15 clients, all coming together to join in and watch some live entertainment. The evening kicked off with a stunning debut performance from St Wilfrid’s Centretainers, (funny, brilliant and very emotional, a big well done), dancing to the music of Open Jaw Fayre and The 20ft Squid Blues Band, and eating delicious food donated by local businesses. It was truly a collaborative community event.
Then at 11pm, 80 brave people challenged themselves and were sponsored to spend the night on the cold cinema floor. The Sleep Out guests consisted of teams from Notre Dame and All Saints Schools, corporate teams from Norton Mayfield Architects, BHP Chartered Accountants, WFI Financial, Daffodil IT, SDL Sheffield and many more individuals, including Professor John Groeger, ‘Sleep’ specialist (part of World Sleep Day celebrations) and a number of inter-generational family teams, many from our local parishes.
After a broken night’s sleep, filled with plenty of snoring, which reverberated around the auditorium thanks to the amazing acoustics in Abbeydale Picture House, plenty of hot tea and a spot of gentle yoga, led by the cheerful Lizzy Davison, everyone left to brave the freezing elements, with a heightened sense and appreciation of what many rough sleepers face each and every night.
Thank you to everyone who took part either as a guest, volunteer or who supported the event in many different ways from sponsorship to donation of food, drinks, goods and time. Without your support this event would not have been possible.
We very much hope that we have helped raise awareness about some of the issues faced by people sleeping rough in our city and of course raised vital funds to help support our services with Sheffield’s homeless and vulnerable adults. Over the last 12 months alone we have seen the number of rough sleepers using the Centre’s services double. We are an essential service and life line for many people.
With your support from the Sleep Out we are hoping to have raised in excess of £10,000 which will directly fund our work with rough sleepers and homeless people.
A big thank you from all the staff and clients at St Wilfrid’s Centre.