CHESS Big Sleep In - extended throughout December! - Chess Homeless

CHESS Big Sleep In – extended throughout December!

Take part in our all new CHESS Big Sleep In

Because of COVID and social distancing we are unable to hold our annual SLEEP Out event at Chelmsford Cathedral. So, we have decided to introduce the CHESS BIG SLEEP IN for this year throughout November and December.

2020 has been a difficult and challenging year, with everyone being affected in some way by Coronavirus. For us as a Charity it has meant cancellation of our events and being able to be out engaging with the community, raising the funds needed to run our services. You may have taken part in our annual Sleep Out before, which was our biggest fundraiser. The CHESS Big Sleep In is our way of doing something that you can be a part of and raise funds in the process. By taking part you may not really get to experience what it’s like to be homeless, but you will become more aware of the challenges that a homeless person faces, and the money you raise will make a huge difference to the services we can offer to those that need us.

Could you support CHESS by holding a SLEEP IN at home?

For instance SLEEP IN: your garden, SLEEP IN: your lounge, SLEEP IN: a tent or shed, any area within your bubble – it’s your opportunity to be creative, have fun and provide us with your valuable support!

You can do it for one night, two nights or for as long as you want to!

How To Prepare

  • Set a date in November/December and encourage your bubble of 6 to join you
  • Register to take part here
  • Ask your family and friends to sponsor you
  • If sleeping outside:
    Warm clothing and waterproofs – lots of layers!
    Hat and gloves
    Sleeping bag
    Possibly roll mat/cardboard to sleep on
    Suitable footwear for the weather conditions

Resources To Help With Your Event

Download a Poster

Download a Sponsorship Form

Download our SLEEP In Pack

Things To Do On The Night

  • Take part in our Homelessness Quiz with the chance to win a prize
  • If you have friends taking part then why not connect over
    Zoom and do the quiz together
  • Our friends from The Vision will be sharing a special performance which you can download with the proceeds going to CHESS
  • Share your photos with us on social media to show everyone how you are getting on using the hashtag #CHESSsleepin
  • Stay awake all night to earn extra sponsorship money

More ideas to follow…..keep an eye on social media!

If you are unable to take part in a “CHESS BIG SLEEPIN” event but would like to support CHESS by way of giving a donation, you can do this in a few ways.

  • Donate Online  DONATE
  • Sending a cheque made payable to CHESS to CHESS Homeless, 200 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AB.
  • Call us to make a donation over the phone on 01245 281104