Preventing homelessness in Reading

Big Sleep Out

Launchpad’s Big Sleep Out is a fundraising challenge where people swap the luxury of a home and a comfortable bed, for a cardboard box and a sleeping bag for the night – all to raise vital funds and help prevent homelessness.

And this year the event is bigger and better than ever because it’s being held on World Homeless Day in a brand new location – the iconic and historic Reading Abbey Ruins!

Thursday 10 October 2019
7.00pm – 7.00am
Reading Abbey Ruins, Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BA

It will be an event to remember in the grounds of a Grade I listed ruin – with entertainment, yummy food and some very special guests – and we’ll be announcing more exciting plans over the coming months.

The Big Sleep Out certainly doesn’t replicate homelessness but it does offer a brief insight into some of the things you might face if you are street homeless – such as cold temperatures, an uncomfortable bed and limited sleep.

And by sleeping out every penny you raise will help us continue to provide 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.

We’d love you to join us in braving the outdoors for the night so people facing homelessness in Reading don’t have to. Grab your friends and family and book your places for a night like no other – and until the end of May you can get early bird tickets for £15.



Big Sleep Out is now in its 14th year and has raised over £200,000 to date. With your help, we can add another £40,000 to that total.

We ask all of our Big Sleep Out participants to raise a minimum of £200 in sponsorship but don’t worry, once you sign up we’ll be in touch with loads of useful fundraising tips to help you hit your target!

In the meantime, you can get the ball rolling by setting up your JustGiving page for Big Sleep Out and sharing it with all your friends and family, and on your social media channels.

Can’t make Big Sleep Out 2019?

If you can’t sleep out this year, you can still make a donation to help Launchpad prevent homelessness in Reading. Simply visit our JustGiving page and give whatever you can to support individuals, couples and families who don’t have stable place to live or are at risk of losing their home.

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