What is a Sleep Out?
A Sleep Out is a night-time event where people come together to sleep under the stars and raise money for charity. You can enter individually, with friends or as a family and are sponsored to survive the night sleeping open to the elements. You bring your own sleeping bag and roll mat and we'll provide cardboard and tape for you to create your own shelter.
This event is extra special because it gives Sleepers the opportunity to spend the night on the Leyton Orient pitch or in the historic, iconic stands at the Breyer Group Stadium where the likes of Peter Kitchen, Peter Shilton, Laurie Cunningham and Macauley Bonne have trodden. …every fan’s dream!
Why a Sleep Out?
In some of the countries where World Child Cancer works, families have to travel for hours - sometimes more than a day - to reach hospital. If a child is diagnosed with cancer, they may then have to repeat this journey time and time again to undergo treatment. In many cases, one parent will have to give up work to be with their child in hospital. They will have to find money to fund the journey, medication and food to keep their child as strong and healthy as possible during treatment. In countries where some families earn as little as £90 per year, spare money for the parent to eat and find somewhere to sleep is almost non-existent. In these cases, parents are forced to sleep wherever they can - sharing their child’s hospital bed, in the corridor or even in the car park.
These parents have received some of the worst news they will ever receive - their child has cancer - and now they’re sleeping outside for days and weeks on end. We can’t imagine what this must feel like, but we have organised the Sleep Out to raise awareness of families who find themselves in this position and to raise funds to support children with cancer in developing countries.
How can I get involved?
You can sign up here. Once you have registered for the Sleep Out you will be automatically directed to set up your online fundraising page. There is a registration fee of £15 per person and we ask you to commit to raise at least £100 in sponsorship. A family can register for £35 with a fundraising target of £100 for each adult and £20 for each child.
This is a fundraising event to raise money to support children with cancer around the world. Why not listen to what Gary Lineker has to say about our work.
We work in developing countries, so every penny you raise will make a huge difference. 83p in every £1 donated is spent directly on our charitable work and here are just a few examples of how your sponsorship will supporting children with cancer in the developing world:
A little over £100 could support the accurate diagnosis of seven children with cancer in Malawi.
£200 could cover the salary of an essential nurse on a children's cancer ward in Cameroon for one month.
£550 could fund a course of chemotherapy and surgery for a child with Wilms’ Tumour in Africa.
Once you have registered for the event you will be automatically directed to set up a fundraising page.
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