Preventing homelessness in Reading

Big Sleep Out at Reading Abbey Ruins

02 May 2019

We are thrilled to announce that booking has now officially opened for this year’s Big Sleep Out, which is taking place on World Homeless Day, Thursday 10 October, and in a brand new location – the iconic and historic Reading Abbey Ruins!

We’d love you to join us and brave the outdoors for the night so people facing homelessness in Reading don’t have to. It will be an event to remember with entertainment, yummy food and some very special guests, and we’ll be announcing more exciting plans over the coming months.

Swapping your bed for a sleeping bag and cardboard box for the night at the Big Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate homelessness but it does offer a brief insight into some of the things you might face if you’re sleeping rough – such as cold temperatures, an uncomfortable bed and limited sleep. And every penny you raise will help us continue to prevent homelessness in Reading.

Ian Caren, Chief Executive of Launchpad, said about the event, “Big Sleep Out is one of the biggest fundraising events in Launchpad’s calendar and it’s set to get even bigger. Reading Abbey Ruins is an iconic landmark for the town and will make a brilliant new location for hundreds of people to sleep out, mark World Homeless Day and raise vital funds for the charity.

“No one should have to endure sleeping on the streets, which is why Launchpad helps vulnerable people in Reading tackle their housing-related problems, obtain and sustain a long-term home and lead full and independent lives. It’s with events like Big Sleep Out and the generosity of our supporters that we are able to continue our work to prevent homelessness.”

Don’t delay – there are limited spaces and early bird tickets are only available until the end of May. Find out more about the Big Sleep Out or book your place today!

If you have any questions about Launchpad’s services or the Big Sleep Out email us at or call us on 0118 929 1121.