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Launchpad’s 'Big Sleep Out at Home' returns!

Big Sleep Out

Launchpad’s Big Sleep Out at home is back for 2021, and this year they have set themselves an ambitious target of £60,000 so they can support local people at serious risk of losing their homes due to the devastating impact of COVID-19. They can only do this with your help!

They would love University staff to sign up, fundraise and brave the outdoors for one night in your garden over the weekend of World Homeless Day (Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 October 2021). They will be streaming a virtual event for you to tune into on the night, hosted by Launchpad’s Patron and TV presenter Matt Allwright and BBC Radio’s Michelle ‘Babs’ Jordan. The line-up will include an interactive cooking challenge, instructions on how to make a crisp packet ground sheet, inspiring messages from Launchpad clients and live music. 


Registration for the Big Sleep Out is £20 per participant or £50 for a group of four or more taking part in one location, and supporters are asked to raise £250 before their challenge. Each participant will receive a Big Sleep Out at home event pack, which will include a programme, Launchpad merchandise, refreshments for the evening and something to keep you warm. Find out more about Big Sleep Out at Home and book your place.

About Launchpad

Launchpad is Reading’s leading homelessness prevention charity, providing vital information and support for individuals, couples and families who don’t have a stable place to live or are at risk of losing their home. The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the people of Reading, and the charity is seeing people who never imagined they would ever need to reach out for help.

Vice-Chancellor Robert Van de Noort is patron of Launchpad and said "The role of universities in civic life is more crucial than ever, through our research, our partnership with local communities and businesses, and through the many ways that our staff and students contribute to Reading. My role at Launchpad is just a small part of a greater connection between the University and the town, making the University not just of Reading, but for Reading too.”


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