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Sleep Easy 2019


“YMCA Essex believe that every young person should have a safe place to stay, with people they can trust. To those vulnerable young who fall short of this but have the good fortune to come into their care, YMCA Essex offer inspirational programmes to turn their lives around.  I have talked with several who have benefited from such care and support.  The YMCA Essex have given them the tools to become fully integrated and confident members of the community.  

To enable YMCA Essex to continue this valuable and necessary work, they need funds.  If you feel able to take up the challenge, please come and join us on March 8th at Chelmsford Cathedral Gardens.  Otherwise can I ask you to send YMCA Essex a donation? Thank you!” – Lady Rosemary Ruggles-Brise, Honorary President of YMCA Essex

What is Sleep Easy?

It’s our first annual sponsored sleep out. It’s a great chance for people to come together to raise awareness of homelessness and funds to support YMCA Essex’s work with vulnerable young people.

Participants brave the cold, sleep in a cardboard shelter for one night and get sponsored for their efforts.

For business groups, Sleep Easy is not only a challenging and eye opening experience but an opportunity to have fun, build your team and meet some of your corporate targets, so why not get involved.

This is the first year that YMCA Essex has taken up this challenge. We hope, that with your help, we can raise as much as we can and help highlight this important topic.

When is Sleep Easy?

Our event will take place at 7pm on Friday 8th March 2019 and the event will conclude at 7am on Saturday 9th March 2019.

How do I register?

There is no entry fee to join in. Registration will be paper-based and you can download a form (below), collect a form from our reception desk or a member of staff.

 Download a Sleep Easy registration form 2019

Register your place on Eventbrite

Please hand your completed form to a member of staff and they will make sure your form is handed to Helen Arnott, our event organiser.  Helen will then make sure you are on our attendance list and that any dietary or medical needs you may have are noted. Please make sure that you provide staff with contact details on file in case of emergency.

Where do I get a sponsor form from?

Download a sponsor form

Online donations can be made here

What happens once I have registered?

We will send you an information pack containing all you need to know about the event and how to begin fundraising. We will then keep in contact with you via email, sending updates and further information closer to the event.

Who can register?

Anyone aged 14+. This can include individuals, business groups, youth groups, any individual or group that wishes to raise money for YMCA Essex.

Sleep Easy isn’t for me. How can I help?

You can help by sharing information and posts about the event from our Twitter and Instagram pages. We will be using #SleepEasy19 and #YMCASleepEasy to keep everyone in the loop via social media.

You can also sponsor individuals taking part or donate directly to the Sleep Easy appeal through JustGiving.

Here are some handy FAQs for you to read…

Download the FAQs Sleep Easy

A thank you to our partners


We would like to thank Back Inn Time for supporting us and supplying our participants with soft drinks on the night.