CHESS Cathedral Sleep Out – Chess Homeless

CHESS Cathedral Sleep Out

Join the CHESS BIG SleepOut and Impact Homelessness
10 November 2023

The CHESS BIG Sleep Out is Back At Chelmsford Cathedral!

This year the CHESS SleepOut is back at historic Chelmsford Cathedral.  For many years we ran SleepOut at this venue, giving people the chance to experience for one night what it is like to have to sleep out in the winter months, and to also raise funds in the process which help us fulfil our mission to ensure that people experiencing homelessness are supported in ways that enable them to move forward purposefully and in good health.

These are challenging times but our services are more needed now than ever as the impact of a pandemic, rising energy prices and general cost of living increases begin to take effect on everyone.  We have seen a continued rise in the need for our services which means our funding needs have also risen, and we don’t think we have seen the worst of it yet.

Will you join us and do what you can to support those experiencing homelessness?  Sign up for the CHESS BIG SleepOut on Friday 10th November 2023 at Chelmsford Cathedral and raise funds that will make a difference.

How To Get Involved

It’s so easy to get involved.  Just grab a sleeping bag, some (very) warm clothes and register online.  Then simply get started with your fundraising before the big event.  We have tools and ideas to help you with this so you can raise as much as you can, simply download our Sleepout Pack 2023

Your sponsorship contributions will make a difference helping our work to support those experiencing homelessness in Chelmsford & Essex.

Together we can impact homelessness in our community. Why not join us and be part of something that will make a difference.

Download Your Resources

Download a Poster A5 SleepOut 2023 Flyer

Download a Sponsor Form CHESS-Sponsorship-Form – SleepOut2023

Download our Sleepout Pack 2023

How To Prepare

You will need to register to take part and also book your place for £10 per person.  This will provide you with a small goody bag for the evening. Once you have registered we will email you with additional information and any updates on the event.

If you are unable to pay via Paypal you can make payment through our bank Coop Bank, A/C: 65107375, Sort Code: 08-92-50, CHESS Homeless R/C 1093901, or over the phone at 01245 281104. Alternatively payment will be accepted on the night at registration.

Registration: 7.30pm onwards at Chapter House, Cathedral Walk, Chelmsford CM1 1NX

Don’t forget to ask your family and friends to sponsor you

  • Things you may need to take part:
    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

(No alcohol is to be brought onto the site. We would advise not to bring any valuables as we cannot take responsibility for lost or stolen items). Please see full terms and conditions on the registration form.


Can't Come? Host Your Own

If you can’t make this date to join the BIG SleepOut, you may want to organise your own SleepOut event. This can be with family and friends in your garden, or as part of a group such as work colleagues, Brownies, Guides, College etc. We have put together some ideas of how to do this, simple click on the button below to take you to our Host Your Own page.


Make A Donation!

If you are unable to take part in the “CHESS CATHDERAL SLEEP OUT” 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
  • Scan this QR code to take your directly to the donation page qr code to donate