Volunteers getting ready for the Leeds Big Sleep!

On Friday 5th February 2021 hundreds of fundraisers will be taking part in the annual Leeds Big Sleep to raise money for Leeds Rhinos Foundation, St George’s Crypt and St Gemma’s Hospice.

With Covid restrictions preventing the volunteers to get together to sleep at Emerald Headingley Stadium as they have traditionally done, this year they will be taking part at home and sleeping in unusual places to show their support for the event.

People will still be giving up a night of comfort in their own beds, but this time they will spend the night in one the most unusual, uncomfortable places they can find.

Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Vice President Jamie Jones-Buchanan has pledged to sleep on some of the old chairs from the Emerald Hedingley North Stand which he now has in his garden, whilst others are sleeping on their kitchen floors, baths and treadmills. Sarah Smith who works for St George’s Crypt has one of the most unique places lined up and she and her partner, who is the drummer for Yorkshire band Embrace, will be spending the night on a drum kit in a cold studio!

Rugby teams are also using the opportunity to do something together virtually and Keighley Albion will be taking part in the Big Sleep as a team, although they will all be sleeping in their own homes.

It’s not too late to sign up to support three amazing charities who do so much to support vulnerable people in the community. The only requirement is that participants must follow appropriate social distancing measures and the latest government guidelines.

A whole host of virtual entertainment will be broadcast throughout the evening for participants to enjoy, whilst selfies can be shared on social media using the hashtag #LeedsBigSleepIn.

Launched in 2017, the Leeds Big Sleep has enjoyed huge success in raising money for some of the city’s most vulnerable people. More than £56,000 was raised by last year’s sleepout alone, which led to the three charities being shortlisted for the Fundraising Partnership of the Year Award at the 2020 Institute of Fundraising (IoF) Yorkshire Awards.

All proceeds from the Leeds Big Sleep In will be split equally between Leeds Rhinos Foundation, St George’s Crypt and St Gemma’s Hospice and all fundraisers will receive a limited-edition pin badge.

To register your place for the Leeds Big Sleep In, visit http://bit.ly/LeedsBigSleepIn. Please note that a £5 registration fee applies.

Click HERE to download a brochure for the 2021 Leeds Big Sleep In. 

For more information, please contact tracey.mearns@leedsrhinosfoundation.org