Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Big Sleep Out 2019

Join us for Launchpad’s annual Big Sleep Out to raise money and awareness of the realities of sleeping rough. Every year people sign up to spend a night under the stars to try and understand what it is like for those who are homeless and to raise funds for Launchpad.

This year, in the build up to our 40th Anniversary, we’re holding a very special Sleep Out! To coincide with World Homeless Day, the event will take place on the evening of Thursday 10th October through to the morning of Friday 11th October. In a brand new location (which is currently top secret!) with live music, a cardboard shelter building competition and some moving bedtime stories from special guest speakers, this really will be a night to remember.

While The Big Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate homelessness, it does give you an insight into the challenges faced by those sleeping rough. In 2018, 95 people slept out for the night, raising over £26,000 and helping Launchpad to prevent homelessness in the town. By hosting our event in the autumn, we are helping to raise awareness and funds in the winter months when rough sleeping becomes even more dangerous, and often fatal.

Once again we’re looking for individuals, friends, families and colleagues to join us for this special event. If you think you could swap your bed for a sleeping bag to raise money and awareness for Reading’s homeless, keep an eye on our website for more details of how to register, coming soon!


“Incredibly humbling but great to be a part of a brilliant community event. If you’re reading this and haven’t taken part before, maybe you’re unsure or don’t think you’d like the cold – TRY IT, you’ll be surprised. See you next year!” Jamie Butler

“Cold, damp, noisy, restless, no sleep – but we’re the lucky ones! We’re going back to a house, bed and shower that are our own. For some, there are no smiles and a coffee waiting in the morning – fear, judgement, anxiety, depression, addiction are just a few things those on the streets and the hidden homeless face daily. Launchpad are some much needed light in some very dark days for those that they support and we are privileged to have been able to help them to do more wonderful work in our town.” Becca

Photos Big Sleep Out 2018

See all the photos from the night here >

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