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Robes Sleepout lets you experience what it is like to sleep rough – and raise funds to help

This November you can raise sponsorship for Southwark and Lambeth’s homeless night shelter by experiencing for yourself what it is like to sleep rough for just one night. You can register to take part in this year’s sponsored Sleep Out event until 22 November – but why wait?

The Robes Sleep Out is a sponsored event where individuals or teams of fundraisers spend a night sleeping outside Southwark Cathedral to raise awareness and funds for the Robes Project’s night shelter.

This year is the third Sleep Out and will take place overnight on Friday 29 November 2013 from 7.30pm to 7am. Sleep Out events in 2011 and 2012 each raised over £60,000 and involved between 150 to 200 fundraisers – and this year the Robes Project would love to top even those amazing efforts.

About the Robes Project winter night shelter

At the Robes Project winter night shelter people who are homeless can stay temporarily as respite from the cold and as a stepping-stone into more permanent accommodation. 15 to 20 people stay there each night of the week. The project opens in November and runs until April, except during ‘Crisis at Christmas’ week. 22 churches host the project and over 400 people volunteer at the shelter. When guests stay at the night shelter they work with the Robes Project Advice Worker to reach their goals with a focus on finding accommodation and accessing other services. One Robes Project guest said ‘this offer of a temporary roof over my head was a turning point in my life and the beginning of my re-integration into society’.

The Project costs approximately £85,000 a year and so the Sleep Out in Southwark Cathedral’s churchyard is the major fundraising event of the year.

Robes Project is a Better Bankside Community Partner – you can find out more at:

Register and find out more To register for the Robes Project Sleep Out, visit to download information on the Sleep Out and a registration form. Please register for the Sleep Out before Friday 22 November.

Sep 19 2013