We are united in making homelessness a thing of the past by sleeping out in the Park, Please join us!

On Friday 23rd March, volunteers involved with various homeless charities on the Island are braving the freezing temperatures to raise awareness and raise much needed funds by sleeping out overnight in Appley Park in Ryde and they are inviting the Islands community to get involved.

The Island Charities involved are Aspire, Hope into Action, The Bus Shelter, Two Saints, The Foyer and the Salvation Army. Isle of Wight Pride have also got involved in the event to help raise awareness of the disproportionately high number of LGBT+ homeless people and will be raising funds for Micro Rainbow International.

Heath Monaghan from Aspire said “There has been a lot of talk across the Island recently about homeless numbers increasing and an increasing concern for those who have found themselves without things that we often take for granted. This has coincided with the recent freezing temperatures and we felt it was right that the Islands homeless charities combined forces for the first time ever to help raise awareness and vital funds.”

Karl Print said “With our Bus Shelter looking to relaunch this year, its perfect timing to get involved in this humbling project. For those who haven’t experienced something like this, we encourage you to come and take part, help us to raise awareness and help to reach out and support our homeless communities. All the homeless charities are extremely busy at this time of year and we all desperately need funds to continue the vital work.”

The evening will start at 6 pm with a free screening of “A street cat named bob” under the stars in Appley Park. The sleep out will start at 7.30 pm and will include sing alongs around fire pits, talks from homeless charities, and the ultimate test – whether you can brave the temperatures and sleep out under the stars in Appley until the morning.”

People are encouraged to register via the Aspire website – www.aspireryde.org.uk/sleep/ you can also set up your own fundraising site to collect donations for the seven charities, with the money evenly split between them

You can donate to the Big Sleep Out donations page here: www.totalgiving.co.uk/fundraise/aspire-ryde



Micro Rainbow International (MRI)

Creating a world where LGBTI people are free from discrimination, persecution and have equal opportunities in life.

Micro Rainbow International’s (MRI’s) vision is to create a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people are free from discrimination, persecution and have equal opportunities in life, including in accessing employment, training, education, financial services, healthcare, housing, places of faith, and public services.