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Dear friends, family and colleagues

As you may already know, I recently joined more than 350 individuals sleeping on the pavement at the Duke of York Square to raise awareness of homelessness and funds to help keep shelters open to all in need.

It was an eye-opening experience. The pavement was cold and became damp by morning, but we were lucky: the weather was relatively mild and dry. We had security and port-a-loos.

Walking back home the next morning it hit me: What would I do if I had no home to go to now? I crawled into my bed and found I was physically shattered for the next 24 hours. While I lay in bed, I could hear the rain pelting down outside the window.

I found myself thinking: What if I had to do this every night? What if I had to find somewhere dry to stay and my joints ached and I had to carry everything I owned with me everywhere? The experience gave me a small insight into some of the challenges faced by rough sleepers.

As the evenings get shorter and the weather starts to turn cold, I’m reminded how crucial Glass Door’s services are. This charity partners with churches to provide safe shelter and support for people who need it most. And their services are free to all in need.

If you’ve already sponsored me: Thank You very much. £23 will support someone else to find shelter for the night. My goal is to raise £XXX, which could be enough to support someone off the street and into stable accommodation.

Glass Door does need the support of the community to keep their services going. Any final donations for my Sleep Out page to help Glass Door reach their target would be greatly appreciated. You can find my page here: https://www.glassdoor.org.uk/fundraisers/PAGENAMEHERE 




Initial email to everyone

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Dear friends, family and colleagues, 

On Friday 5th October, I will be giving up my warm bed in my comfortable home to sleep rough on the street. Why? Alongside some of the highest-value property in the country, West London also has one of the highest numbers of rough sleepers. I would like to do what I can by raising funds for a very worthwhile local charity, Glass Door Homeless Charity.  Glass Door runs London's largest winter night shelter for the homeless and offers casework to get people into stable accommodation and work.  

I can't pretend it will be as frightening for me to sleep rough, in company with hundreds of others, on Duke of York Square with portaloos and stewards, as it must be for people who are truly homeless, alone and with no other option but to sleep on the street. It probably won't be too cold (let's hope it doesn't rain) and it's only for one night. Then we'll be back in our own homes and beds. The men and women who come to Glass Door's emergency winter night shelters have no such comfortable expectation, and nowhere else to turn.  

I know you have many calls on your generosity, but if you would like to help, please sponsor me at https://www.glassdoor.org.uk/fundraisers/YOURPAGENAMEHERE

To find out more about the charity, go to www.glassdoor.org.uk

Many thanks for reading this and for supporting me if you choose to do so. I'll let you know how I get on!  


Nudge email to everyone 

There’s just xx days to go until the big Sleep Out in Duke of York Square on Friday 5th October, and I’m just over XX% of the way to achieving my fundraising target of £xxxx. If you’ve been thinking about sponsoring me, it would be great if you could help me get there before the big night. 

I’m raising money for Glass Door Homeless Charity. The overall target for the event is to raise £200,000 so they can run shelters in 29 churches to shelter, feed and support up to 130 rough sleepers every night from November to April.

A few facts and figures:

  • £23 will accommodate and feed a rough sleeper for one night in the shelter
  • £100 covers the cost of providing a hot evening meal for upwards of 60 people in the shelter
  • £150 could pay for a guest to move into stable accommodation


Glass Door doesn’t just provide crisis relief over winter. Caseworkers offer support and advice to all the men and women who stay with them, and help many of them find a way out of homelessness into more secure accommodation and a better future. Last year, 643 individuals found shelter with the charity, and well over 1,000 people used their services to stay clean, eat meals, and get help. 

If you can, please sponsor me to sleep out with just a sleeping bag and mat for comfort –whatever the weather. 


Thank you – any donation, no matter how small, will be very much appreciated.