Big Exeter Sleep-Out

Join us and Sleep Out for just one night and help those forced to sleep outside every night!

Will you join us at St James’ Park, Exeter, or in your own garden, and Sleep-Out to help raise vital funds and awareness for rough sleepers and vulnerable adults, helping to rebuild their lives devastated by homelessness.

It’s a grim realisation, that without support like ours, the life expectancy of a long-term homeless person is just 45 years!

Register your interest for the 2023 event below.

Register your interest here

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Over the years, the Big Exeter Sleep-out has become one of the most important events of the year and holds a special place in many people’s hearts. Last year we provided life-changing support to over 1,800 vulnerable individuals who were experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness across Exeter and the South West.

On top of everyday challenges, the ongoing impact of Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on the men, women and children we support. We’ve been working around the clock to help the people in our care. In 2020 and 2021, most of our fundraising events were cancelled or postponed, but this year we want you to help raise vital funds that enable us to deliver life-saving services.

This event is proudly sponsored by Knight Frank Estate Agents.

Event Details

For this year’s event, upon registering, you can choose where you would like to sleep-out. Whether it is joining the Julian House team and others in St James Park Stadium in Exeter for the night or joining us virtually and sleep out at home in your garden, balcony or kitchen floor. We will all be connected by one aim – to raise vital funds to provide safe shelter and support for men and women forced to sleep outside every night.

We thank the Lord Mayor of Exeter – Councillor Trish Oliver who will be joining us for the opening of the event and our partner the Exeter City Community Trust for their support and special thanks to the Rapid Relief Team who will be supporting this event by providing a small breakfast on the morning of the event, and before you head off to your homes.

What will l need on the night?

  • Sleeping bag or duvets and blankets
  • Cardboard and/or plastic sheeting to be placed between you and the ground
  • Plenty of warm clothes, hats, gloves, and waterproofs
  • Snacks and drinks
  • A torch. One with a red filter is best. You can buy these or make your own with some red film.

How do I raise funds?

The easiest way to raise funds would be through a Just Giving page. Upon registering, you’ll be sent a link to set your page up. It is then time to start raising sponsorship, through friends, colleagues, and family. It’s important to tell your sponsors about the challenge and how you’ll be braving the elements and outside conditions to help raise vital funds and awareness to help vulnerable men and women experiencing homelessness.

The next morning, after the Sleep-Out, you can go indoors, have a warm bath, a cooked breakfast, chat to family and friends about your experience or just catch up on lost sleep. The big difference for people who are forced to sleep rough is that they don’t have that option.

Will I receive any resources for the night and to help me fundraise?

Absolutely. We will send you regular emails between now and the event to help organise your fundraising and how to sleep out on the night. If you’d like some fundraising tips now, head to our Fundraising Tips & Ideas page.

What is the fundraising target?

Every penny and pound you raise goes towards supporting vulnerable and isolated individuals. We do not charge an entry fee for the event but ask that all participants to raise as much as they can so that we can support more vulnerable people. See our Impact Report to find out the important ways your funds can make a difference and help rebuild lives.

Please find out more about our services here.

Need more information?

Please email Daffne Zamudio:

Big Exeter Sleep-Out

March 2023