Alleviating poverty, bringing hope

BIG NOAH Sleepout raises over £11,000

The BIG NOAH Sleepout raised a fantastic £11,412 to help fund our vital services, which will help local people who are homelessness and rough sleeping.

The event, held on Friday 7th October, began with an evening of entertainment – and included live music from Roxy Searle; a quiz, a prize raffle, and street food from The Happy Plaice Fish & Chips and hot waffles and ice-cream from Ice Cream Joe. The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Lady Jane Clifford and The Mayor of Luton Sameera Saleem, also attended the evening to show their continued support.

The brave participants then made their way over to the camp at around 11pm to bed down for the night under the stars, as the temperature dropped to a chilly 7°C.

While the event didn’t aim to replicate homelessness, it did offer participants an insight into rough sleeping – such as cold weather and an uncomfortable and limited sleep.

Lisa Seccombe, Head of Fundraising & Community Engagement at NOAH, said, “We are thrilled to have raised over £10,000 between our participants. Because of them, many vulnerable people in Luton and Central Bedfordshire, can receive the urgent help they need from NOAH. Our services are a lifeline to over 700 local people every year, and over the next few months we expect there be many more people who find themselves falling into homelessness and in desperate need of our support.

“We are incredibly grateful to our event sponsors; Provention, Food Forest Abundance, Tuskar, Retro Me, Telephone Answering, JT HR, Export UK, Raybridge, and our fantastic volunteers.”