This year’s event saw 125 people sleeping out in the cold in the annual YMCA Sleep Easy challenge which is now going into its 11th year. The ambitious charity is looking to get more than 200 people to brave hard floors and freezing temperature for just one night in March 2020 in a bid to raise awareness and funds to prevent youth homelessness. In particular, they’re looking for local Sutton businesses to unite and show young people that they’re not alone.
The event aims to bring businesses and local members of the community together to raise awareness but to also have fun. Headlining the event will be the talented Carrick Music. The local vocal duo Caroline and Rick enjoyed the 2019 event so much, they have already signed up to provide live music once again in March 2020. And local massage therapist Alexandra O’Dea (Birmingham Clinical Massage) is another early supporter offering to give participants a relaxing massage on the night.
YMCA Sutton Coldfield has hosted Sleep Easy nights since 2009 and last year raised over £13k, transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people in Sutton Coldfield. Money raised paid for 1-2-1 support, mentoring and coaching for young carers and residents in crisis as well as much needed practical items such as mattresses, bedding and a daily breakfast for people staying at the local charity.