Charity announces third annual Ipswich sleep out

04 April 2019

Local charity, The Benjamin Foundation has announced that their 2019 Ipswich Sleep Out will take place on Friday 1 November and will be hosted by Birketts on Princes Street. 

Individuals and businesses are now invited to raise money by spending one night sleeping in the law firm’s car park.

The Benjamin Foundation wants to end youth homelessness and is tackling the problem by providing a home and support to local vulnerable young adults each night. Having expanded its services into Suffolk in 2016, the charity has accommodation centres in Stowmarket and Ipswich. They also support young people through hosts, who are trained and supported to look after a young person in the host’s own home. This service, called ‘Heart and Home’ helps young people throughout Suffolk, giving them stability, safety and the building blocks to shape an independent life.

Ipswich Sleep Out is an opportunity to increase awareness youth homelessness in the region. In 2018, over 30 individuals braved a cold November night, armed only with a sleeping bag and cardboard mat, to experience a taste of what it feels to be homeless and to raise money for the charity. The funds raised helped to buy items such as bedding, kitchen essentials and clothing, as well as providing practical help like counselling and training courses to support the emotional wellbeing and future aspirations of young people to help them build a better future.

Nigel Farthing, Partner and sponsor of the CSR committee at Birketts, commented: “We’re delighted to lend our support to The Benjamin Foundation's Sleep Out for a second year. The number of people that are homeless across Norfolk and Suffolk is disturbing. Events like this are crucial in order to raise awareness and much-needed funds if we are to try and tackle the problem of homelessness in our region. We encourage the local community to register for Ipswich Sleep Out 2019 to make a difference to local lives during The Benjamin Foundation’s 25th anniversary year.”

The Benjamin Foundation’s Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Chris Elliott says: “We help people across Suffolk to deal with some of the challenges that life throws at them. Our work brings hope, opportunity, stability and independence to the people we support. The Benjamin Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, so we hope that more people than ever will get involved in Ipswich Sleep Out to raise money to shape better futures for vulnerable young people in Suffolk.”

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