THE EDEN SLEEP OUT 2023 EVENT TAKES PLACE BETWEEN THOSE FAMOUS BIOMES ON THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2023 FROM 6PM. JOIN IN AND DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE STREETS DURING THE COLD WINTER
Sleeping rough, especially in the winter, has to be one of the toughest experiences a person can go through. But sadly there are hundreds of thousands of homeless people in the UK, with many of them sleeping rough on the streets. So how can you help support these people? Well, you can start by experiencing what it’s like sleeping outside on a cold Cornish November night at the Eden Project.
On a chilly night in November 2023, the Eden Sleep Out 2023 event takes place at the famous attraction near St Austell. Thursday 16 November 2023, to be precise. Starting at 6pm and going on throughout the evening and night.
What’s the point of this charity event for Cornwall 2023, though? Well, you learn what it’s like to sleep rough for a night in the chilly open air and you also get to raise cash for those rough sleepers who need it. Participants are asked to ‘help raise awareness and funds’ at the event so that they can ‘support the tens of thousands of young people who experience homelessness in the UK every year’.
For the past nine years, the Eden Project has hosted its annual Sleep Out in the crisp winter air just outside its famous biomes. In fact, this year is a time for celebration as it is the 10th Eden Project Sleep Out.
As a result of these charitable events, the attraction has raised thousands of pounds for homelessness charities the Amber Foundation and St Petrocs. In 2021, more than 75 people took part and raised £14,000 for the charities as a result. And in 2022, more than 85 warm-hearted people took on the cold night between the biomes, raising £13,000 for both charities.
Participants, this year, are invited to sleep rough below the Link Building canopy that lies between the attraction’s biomes. The organisers say this is ‘to get a feel for what it’s like to be a rough sleeper’, if only for one November night. They add that they hope to ‘raise another brilliant amount’ for the two charities.
Entertainment is on the menu for the evening, including readings from a local author and music from a local musician. Also expect a series of talks from some people who have been affected by homelessness and by those who work to help those people.
A hot dinner, which is more than many rough sleepers get, is also available and participants can make it themselves in a special cookery workshop. Unlimited teas and coffees are also available, as is a tasty breakfast, but you must bring your own sleeping bag. Admission to the event is £25.
Of course, this event is not the same as the real thing. Rough sleepers don’t know when their nightmarish, cold experience will end. But this event does give participants a little taste of what it’s like, plus it’s a great way to raise cash and awareness. We highly recommend you taking part in the Eden Sleep Out 2023. Do some good for those who aren’t anywhere near as lucky as we approach Christmas.