Light Project Peterborough are leading a new campaign to raise awareness and vital funds for homelessness by leading Peterborough’s Big Sleep Out.
On Friday 6th May 2022, people across Peterborough are invited to sleep out for the night to raise awareness for those sleeping on the streets and to raise funds for the work of Light Project Peterborough.
Steven Pettican (LPP CEO) said “We are really excited about this community-led campaign. We want to showcase that homelessness is not just a winter issue but an all-year-round one. We are partnering with as many businesses, schools, churches, and individuals across Peterborough as we can to make it a city-wide event. Nobody deserves to be homeless at any time of the year; joining with us and supporting with this campaign would be greatly appreciated by so many people.”
Light Project Peterborough have been running various projects to help people move and stay off the streets since 2015 and continues to raise awareness that the streets are no place for anyone in society to be. They are committed to supporting the most vulnerable people in Peterborough and offer a multi-agency approach to provide advice and support from housing officers, GPs, drug and alcohol specialists, and many other professionals right at the heart of the city in their day centre, the Garden House. Their aim is to ensure that everyone is treated as an individual and that they are supported to fulfil their potential.
Thomas Deacon Education Trust have already pledged to be one of the main supporters of the big event. Kelly Joiner, Community Engagement Lead at TDA, says: “We have partnered with Light Project Peterborough for a number of years now. Our Character Curriculum encourages students to be compassionate, curious, committed, courageous, courteous, and confident. Volunteering and fundraising for LPP has given students countless opportunities to develop their character. We will be asking students, parents, and staff to come together to raise essential funds for Light Project Peterborough by joining in with their Big Sleep Out. We’re encouraging students to understand how difficult living outside can be and to empathise with homeless people. We’re hoping for a minimum of 300 participants at our campfire and sleep out event as we are also marking our 300-year anniversary by completing 300 acts of kindness. We’re proud to be working with such a fantastic charity who change so many lives in our wonderful city!”
Bennetts (Motorcycle Insurance Specialists) are also on board. Elaine Barter, (Commercial Finance Manager), says: “Light Project Peterborough are our chosen charity partner for the next two years and we are so excited to be involved in this campaign! We’re focussed on helping them to help others and are encouraging all our staff and customers to get involved and support The Big Sleep Out campaign. We’re really looking forward to it!”