Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Big Sleep Out 2019

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 for Launchpad.

And this year, in celebration of our 40th anniversary, we’ve made a few changes to make it bigger and better than ever. We’ll be holding the Big Sleep Out on World Homeless Day and in a brand new location – where there will be live music, a cardboard shelter building competition and some moving bedtime stories from special guest speakers.

Thursday 10th October – Friday 11th October 2019
Location to be revealed soon!

The Big Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate homelessness but it does offer an insight into the challenges faced by those sleeping rough – while raising funds so we can continue helping to rebuild the lives of vulnerable people in Reading.

In 2018, 95 people slept out for the night and raised over £26,000. If you’d like to get involved with friends, families or colleagues, look out for registration – which is 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

Big Sleep Out 2018 photos >

For more information, or to hold your very own Big Sleep Out, please email