Over 300 participants gave up their beds across the UK and beyond on Friday, 2 October 2020 to raise awareness and funds for Glass Door's open-access homeless support services.

On the rainiest night in Glass Door Sleep Out history, participants were dispersed in different locations. Some were on rooftops and balconies. Others were in church doorways and vestries. Due to government restrictions, Sleep Out 2020 went fully virtual, with a programme to keep everyone connected broadcast live from Duke of York Square.

Live-streamed programme includes a poem read by actor Colin Firth, a bedtime story read by actor Jim Carter, and a message from Dame Helen Mirren. Presenters Bibi Lynch and Elizabeth Healey interview a range of special guests including Chelsea FC legend Paul Canoville, sleep specialist Dr Kat as well as former guests of Glass Door. Interviews with Glass Door staff and Sleep Out participants feature throughout. At midnight, DJ Northern Boy plays a soulful, mellow set to help participants wind down before sleep.

Evening programme


Morning feed





In the morning, yoga instructor Nadia Mishchanka provides a rise and shine session, which was followed by a final thank you message from CEO Lucy Abraham (21:55).

The broadcast is free for all to access. Tell friends, family and supporters to tune in to https://www.glassdoor.org.uk/livestream to find out more about homelessness, the importance of sleep, and why we should all do what we can to help others find a path beyond homelessness.


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