Fight homelessness in your sleep by swapping your bed for a sleeping bag

Wycombe Homeless Connection (WHC) is urging people to ‘sleep out’ on Friday 20 November to help support their ‘Big Sleepout 2020: At home’ fundraising campaign.

Rather than gather together at large venues like in previous years, this year the charity is asking people to sleepout ‘at home’.

They suggest sleeping out socially distanced in:

  • your garden
  • an (empty) bathtub
  • or just somewhere you wouldn’t normally sleep

People can take part on their own, with their family or with a group. There’s no age limit so everyone can join in. There will be online entertainment and fun on the night, too.

Cllr Isobel Darby, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing & Homelessness, said:

“As part of my role as Cabinet Member for Housing & Homelessness, I have got to know the wonderful people at WHC who, despite their Wycombe name, are working with us across a far wider area to combat homelessness. As well as running the night shelter in the town, they provide legal advice and support to many of our vulnerable residents and so much more.

“Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, charities have found it hard to raise funds this year, which is why WHC is running the ‘Big Sleepout 2020: At home’ on Friday 20 November. This will help them raise much-needed funds.

“To help support their campaign, I am going to be swapping the comfort and warmth of my home by sleeping in my garden for the night. I’m aiming to raise over £2,000 in sponsorship, and I would love people to help me reach my goal by donating at:

“Whether by sleeping out and raising funds, or by simply donating to the campaign, I hope you’ll be able to play your part in supporting WHC with their ongoing mission of helping the homeless.”

James Boultbee, Chief Executive Officer of WHC, commented:

“We’re grateful to Cllr Darby and everyone who has signed up so far to take part in this year’s Big Sleepout. The latest coronavirus lockdown and restrictions have put more pressure on families and individuals across the county. Together with Buckinghamshire Council, and our other partners, we will continue to work as hard as we can to help people facing a housing crisis. It’s only with the generous support of our community that we can run all our services so please, sign up for the Sleepout.”

Find out more about ‘Big Sleepout 2020: At home’ and make a donation on the WHC website: