Sleepout Challenge

Join the Sleepout Challenge by giving up your bed for the night and raising money to help people experiencing homelessness.

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What is the Sleepout Challenge?

The Sleepout Challenge is a fundraiser supporting the Church Urban Fund.

Sleep outside, on the floor, in a garden shed, in your bathtub….wherever or however you choose. It’s one night of sleeping rough to raise awareness about the homelessness crisis in our communities.

Every pound you raise will help make a difference for people in need.

Sign up here and start fundraising today

Why the Sleepout Challenge?

200,000 people will experience the most extreme homelessness this winter. Over 700 people will lose their lives as a result in the next year. And countless others will struggle with hidden homelessness. They will sleep on strangers’ sofa’s, in empty squats, or roam between temporary, often unsafe, accommodation.

Giving up our beds for the night won’t be comfortable and it won’t be easy. But we know our efforts will be worth it. Together, we can raise awareness around this important issue, fundraise much-needed funds, and help people in need.

When can I take the challenge?

Whenever you like! We would love it if you would join us during the Advent season and host your event between 1 December and 24 December. But we understand that this is a busy period for many people.

Once you have set your date, don’t forget to let us know!

Can I fundraise with friends?

Yes, in fact, many people, church groups and even schools decide to take this challenge together.

Coming together to take a challenge can be a powerful way to reconnect with friends, at church or even at work!

Take the challenge with a group or on your own. However you’re fundraising, we are here to support you.

How does my fundraising make a difference?

Generous fundraisers like you, and all your sponsors, help to support people when and where it is needed most.

One way that the Church Urban Fund is responding to local needs is by facilitating one-to-one, relational support through the Positive Pathways program. In the past five years, over 350 people have accessed this personal support network, as well as a unique range of courses focused on personal development, skills acquisition and wellbeing. In addition, generous people like you have supported hundreds of projects which tackle inter-connected issues such as debt, mental illness and offer refugee or asylum seeker support.

Read Viktor’s story

Viktor was a young man when he was forced into homelessness. Read his inspiring story.


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We’ve written a fundraising guide full of ideas and tips. You can download it here.

Need help with your fundraising? Please email or call 0203 752 5655. We would love to hear from you at any time.