This year was the 7th Eden Project Sleep Out and due to the ongoing COVID pandemic it was the first to be delivered virtually!
Amber fundraisers took part in London, Surrey, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Before bedding down for the night they connected digitally to a programme of events broadcasted via Facebook.
Contributors included Cornish Singer Songwriter Suzi Mac who produced a special recording from the Biomes for the evening, bestselling author Raynor Winn and bedtime yoga with Somerset based Luisa Skinner the Yoga PT.
It was a dry but chilly night for those who slept outside. We saw people sleeping in their gardens out in the open, under awnings or tents some with a fire pit and some without. We also had people take part indoors, on the floor, on sofas and in blanket dens.
Year 11 and sixth form pupils from Trinity School in Teignmouth, Devon, took part in the event from the grounds of the school. They cooked dinner together before bedding down in individual tents or sleeping bags.
Lawrence Coen, Head at the school, said:
“We’d like to thank everyone involved for organising the virtual Sleep Out. The students found it thought provoking and challenging and I was relieved they were still talking to me the morning after!”
Helen Bennet, Owner of the Business Network in Exeter, Birmingham and London took part from her garden in London sleeping outdoors with no cover. This was the second time Helen took part in the Sleep Out and like last year found it a moving experience.
“I am humbled to be able to contribute in just a small way, by sleeping out once a year, to support The Amber Foundation and the work they do transforming lives. It has proved to be a very powerful experience and a chance to reflect on the values we cherish and what really matters.”
Rebecca Fry, Fundraising Manager at Amber said
“We’d like to extend our huge thanks to everyone who helped make this event happen this year including the team at Eden and fellow homelessness charity St Petrocs who do so much for the homeless community in Cornwall. We’d also like to thank each and every person who gave up the warmth and comfort of their beds to raise awareness of homelessness and much needed funds for Amber as we face an uncertain winter.
“Coronavirus and the resultant lockdowns has meant our work with disadvantaged young people has never been more needed. We are doing everything we can to ensure that despite everything young people have a home and hope for a better future. This money will be put to very good use over the festive period and into 2021.”
The fundraising page for the event is still open. You can still contribute here.