Ever fancied sleeping over in the iconic Grade-II listed building Victoria Baths?
One of the largest ‘Sleep Out’ events the city has ever seen will return to Manchester in November – offering local residents the chance to spend the night in one of Manchester’s most revered (not to mention beautiful) buildings.
Last year over £50K was raised – helping the charity Centrepoint who support over 2,000 homeless young people in Manchester and also fund the Centrepoint Helpline, which provides advice, including mental health support, to any young person facing homelessness in the city.
The one-night-only event will be hosted by Actress Lisa Maxwell on Thursday 29th November – spaces are limited but registration is now open!
What’s it all about?
The Sleep Out isn’t about replicating the experience of homelessness exactly of course, but what it does do is aim to do is offer some insight into the hardships and challenges of being homeless, in the cold and uncomfortable surroundings,
Centrepoint ambassador Lisa Maxwell says:
“Homelessness in Manchester is such a pressing concern for us all and it is especially worrying when you hear, and see, the scale of the issue in the city.
“It’s brilliant that we have an event like Sleep Out, to not only highlight the issue, but to also raise money to help prevent youth homelessness and to continue supporting those who are unfortunately facing it.”
“So I’m delighted to be supporting the Manchester Sleep Out for a second year and I’m looking forward to seeing the amazing venue and all the brilliant people taking part in this year’s event.”
Victoria Baths officially closed in 1993 and was taken over by a community trust in 2001, who are working to restore the baths to the former glory. The building is currently used as an events venue and a popular filming location, featured in the TV series ‘Peaky Blinders.’
Centrepoint’s Sleep Out event will bring music and entertainment by local artists, as well as ex- ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ contestant and DJ, Brandon Block, to the historic venue.
Ben Bowden, Regional Fundraising Manager at Centrepoint, says:
“Sleep Out is a chance for you to say that youth homelessness is not acceptable and help Centrepoint provide futures for young people who find themselves in terrible circumstances.”
Fancy giving it a go? You can register now for £20 a head over on the official website here.