13 October 2017, updated 3 November

Target smashed

We did it! Thanks to everyone who took part or supported the event, we've now reached our fundraising target. To date, we've raised over £207,000 pounds! Today, Glass Door Chief Operating Officer Steven sent a video message of thanks to those who took part. He says: 

From everybody at Glass Door -- staff, volunteers and guests -- I'd like to say a massive thank you.... You will be helping more people than ever before get off the streets this winter.





Largest Sleep Out to date

On 6 October, more than 350 individuals armed with sleeping bags and mats descended on Duke of York Square. They slept outside on the pavement to raise funds for Glass Door's winter shelters and to raise awareness of homelessness.

The difference made

Over five years, Glass Door's annual Sleep Out has helped transform the charity and extend its reach. Since our first Sleep Out in 2013, we've tripled the size of our network of night shelters. This winter, thanks to the success of the Sleep Out, we expect to shelter at least 100 individuals every night. Just six years ago, we only had space for 35 guests a night.

 

We couldn't have done it without the Sleep Out. It has not only driven donations, but also helped to raise awareness of our work in the community. As we look for more partners, volunteers and churches, the proverbial door is already half-way open.

 

Coverage

BBC Radio London were calling for live updates throughout Friday night. In the morning, radio DJ Jim Davis caught up with participant Sunita, age 17. "I think everyone should be doing this. It opens your eyes.... you feel a whole new wave of sympathy," Sunita said [full interview online, fast forward to 3:20:45 to 3:30:25]. Glass Door Chief Steven Platts rounded out the weekend coverage by speaking on BBC Radio London's Sunday morning program.

Photos can be found on the Facebook Sleep Out album and in the film below, with thanks due both Sloane Square Magazine and Glass Door volunteer Franc Vissers.

Thank you

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us, volunteered on the night, sponsored an individual or team and helped spread the word.

Special mention is due our friends at Cadogan Estates for being the primary sponsor of the event and making it all possible. Westgreen construction company provided barriers, porta-loos and hot beverages. Pret Foundation provided cold beverages and snacks. Partridges Food Market once again provided well-loved hot breakfast sandwiches in the morning. Photographers Rey Day and Franc Vissers donated their time and talent.

Thank you again for all your generosity and support. Together, we are getting people off the street and into more stable futures. 

-->It's not too late to sponsor the team.

-->If you are looking to support an individual or a specific team, please search for them on JustGiving.

-->If you participated, tell us how you found the night in the comments section below. Did it change the way you think about homelessness? We'd love to hear your thoughts.