With one day to go until the big event, we are extremely proud to announce that Jay-Be® are co-sponsoring ‘The Big Sleep Out’ 2019 – Huddersfield Town’s annual fundraising initiative to tackle homelessness, an issue very close to our hearts.
“As a bed and mattress manufacturer we regularly highlight the importance of a good night’s sleep, taking steps to educate the consumer about how poor sleep can negatively impact people’s health and wellbeing. We can only imagine the traumatic and physical toll homelessness must take on people who have no choice but to sleep rough, night after night.” – Stephen Durrans, Managing Director at Jay-Be®
As well as sponsoring the actual events itself, two members of staff from the Jay-Be® team will be participating on the night – braving the outdoors for a night at the John Smith’s Stadium by spending a night sleeping ‘rough’ in one of the stands.
This year’s Sleep Out will take place on the evening of Friday the 8th March 2019, with Huddersfield Town hosting AFC Bournemouth later the next day.
“We are delighted that Jay-Be will be co-sponsoring the Big Sleep Out 2019. As a bed manufacturer in our local community they are a perfect sponsor to help us raise awareness and funds to support people who are vulnerable and in need of a helping hand”
– Julie Sheffield, Head of Fundraising and events for the Huddersfield Town Foundation.
Getting involved with The Big Sleep Out is a great opportunity for us to give back to the local community. Last year’s Big Sleep Out had over 150 participants take part and raised a remarkable £55k for local causes. The money was distributed to the Huddersfield Mission, the Welcome Centre, Batley Care & Drop-in, One Big Family, Batley Foodbank, Dewsbury Baptist Church and Winter Warmers.
“Everyone at Jay-Be is thrilled to be a part of The Big Sleep Out and we are proud to contribute to such an important cause.”– Chris Sheard, Product Development and Contract Manager at Jay-Be®
The office for National Statistics estimates that nearly 600 homeless people died on the streets or in temporary accommodation throughout 2017 in England and Wales. In the UK there are currently thought to be around 320,000 people living on the streets – a figure which has risen by 4% in the last year alone.
If you would like to help tackle homelessness by donating to ‘The Big Sleep Out’ you can do so here