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Borough Market to host Depaul sleepout
September 29th, 2017
Borough Market is for the first time inviting London residents to bed down in its Market Hall to support young people who face homelessness.
The iconic venue will see up to 150 members of the community sleeping out to help local charity Depaul which is based half a mile away.
Southwark Sleepout, which will take place in the famous Market Hall on the night of Saturday, 18 November, is attracting sleepers from Southwark businesses, schools and colleges as well as from church communities across London.
Depaul UK CEO Martin Houghton-Brown said: “Southwark Sleepout will be an extremely community-focussed event, raising awareness of and funds for the vital work that Depaul does in the Borough and across London and the South East.
“The Southwark Sleepout is another example of the togetherness and community spirit demonstrated by Borough Market following the devastating terrorist attack in June.
“The venue will host an array of events over the coming months and, as a local charity, we’re privileged and grateful to Borough Market and its staff for allowing us to stage this unique sleepout in Market Hall. I would urge members of the community and churches in London to take part.”
Darren Henaghan, Managing Director at Borough Market, said: “Borough Market has always been a place where members of a community come together to connect and share experiences.
“By giving over Borough’s Market Hall to host the Southwark Sleepout, we hope to help Depaul continue the vital work they do, in keeping young and vulnerable people at risk of homelessness off the streets – a fantastic cause indeed.”
Volunteers will raise at least £200 each for Depaul’s work in London & the South East, and registration is just £15.
Local branches of Vital Ingredient and Leon are donating hot soup, bread rolls and breakfasts for the hungry sleepers.
Southwark Sleepout 2017 will take place from 8pm on Saturday, 18 November to 9am on Sunday, 19 November in Market Hall, Borough Market.
Organiser Roisin Moore said: “All you need is your sleeping bag and pillow to join this fabulous event, which includes live music, guest speakers, a question-and-answer session, hot drinks and soup.
“To sleep out in Borough Market is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the extent of youth homelessness in our capital and vital funds for Depaul UK’s emergency and preventative services.”
All participants need to be aged 18 or over when the event takes place on 18 November 2017.
Depaul UK runs a homelessness day centre in Southwark at Sherborne House, in Decima Street, which is also the base of its Nightstop London emergency accommodation service and Alone in London, which provides advice and support to young people at risk of homelessness in the capital.
Supported housing in Westminster, Bromley, Brent and Greenwich, and London prisons work for those facing homelessness is also managed from Depaul’s Southwark base.