On the 7th November 2013 between 7pm and 7am the following morning, the UK saw almost 1000 volunteers sleeping under the stars to help raise money to help support the young homeless across the country. The Sleep Out was held in three different locations in the UK – two in London at Exchange Square and West India Quay, and one at Beamish Museum in County Durham.
The brave sleepers were treated to some live music as well as celebrity appearances from Sarah Cox and Newton Faulkner to keep morale high and to help raise awareness of the very real problem they were raising money for. Centre Point, the charity who hosted the three Sleep Outs, placed a live stream on their website of the acts that were performing so those who couldn’t make it and those who were interested could watch on their laptops, tablets and mobile phones.
Although the exercise was not to make the fundraisers feel homeless for the night, the sensations were designed to give them an insight into the life of a young homeless Brit as this quote from www.sleep-out.org.uk explains, ‘Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate homelessness, but it does show you some of the realities – the biting cold, the damp, the noise and the difficulty of carrying on your day with little sleep.’
One company providing their services to help make the Sleep Out a success was Dartford based Mobile Bar Hire Ltd. Mobile Bar Hire provided a 3 meter branded front bar counter along with a three meter back bar counter for the Sleep Out staff to serve green tea to those participating. The branding which the portable bar company supplied on the front stated the words ‘Fell the Warmth’ along with the logo of Centre Point and some sponsors.
The Sleep Out 2013 has raised £350,000 with more money still expected to come in. When asked to comment on how it felt to be part of such a worthy cause, Mobile Bar Hire Director Ragbhir Sandhu said, ‘Being part of Sleep Out 2013 has been a real eye opener. You do not understand just how real the problem of young homeless people in our country is and it is a credit to Centre Point and all those who took part for doing so much about it. I’m just glad that me and everyone at Mobile Bar Hire could be involved and it is a definite that we will be not just supplying the bar counter but actively sleeping out in Sleep Out 2014.’