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130 people to sleep out in Bristol’s business district

Wednesday 30 September 2015

OVO Energy has once again joined forces with 1625 Independent People to host an awareness and fundraising sponsored Sleep Out.

This year OVO are bringing the event home by hosting it in front of their head quarters in the busy business district, Temple Quay on Thursday 12 November 2015.

The aim is to raise awareness amongst the business community and general public about the growing number of young people who are not succeeding in our communities and ending up homeless. 

Sleep Out events will be taking place in a total of 13 locations across the UK organised as part of End Youth Homelessness, a national fundraising and campaigning movement.
Up to 2,500 people are expected to sleep outdoors simultaneously raising over half a million pounds. Nationally, money raised by Sleep Out will help provide them with a safe place to stay and support to turn their lives around.

All funds raised by the Bristol Sleep Out will stay local and go to 1625 Independent People (1625ip) to aid the 1,800 young people the charity helps each year.

According to new research commissioned by OVO Energy; over 83,000 young people aged 16-25 experience homelessness each year in the UK.

Last year the event raised over £25,000 and attracted support from Bristol Rugby Club, the Lord Mayor, Kosheen and was featured in regional media.

Pilar Garcia, 1625ip Funding Manager said:

“Ovo Energy has done its research - literally – and came to the conclusion that as part of the Bristol community they want to help its vulnerable young people to thrive.
We love that! We’ve been working in the youth homelessness sector for 30 years and we have come to our own conclusion; when the private, public and charity sectors work together to support young people, we achieve amazing things.
We salute OVO for their commitment and enthusiasm for solving local issues and hope their actions will inspire other businesses to get involved. Temple Quay is home to some of the largest organisations on the planet”

Gaby Sethi, OVO Foundation Manager said;

“Bristol is our home, our community and we should all do everything we can to support the local issues hundreds of people - most of them young, all of them vulnerable - face, everyday. It’s far to easy to turn a blind eye, to carry on walking past someone who is homeless. Especially if you haven’t a clue how to genuinely help them.
“We are not pretending to be homeless at the Sleep Out, but trying to sleep on a cold, hard floor in the middle of winter surrounded by the noise of the city is a real challenge. We hope that by doing this, for just one night we can raise both awareness of youth homelessness and money for the fantastic work 1625ip do here in our City.”

Katie Bunting, an OVO employee volunteering at the event added:

“I was part of the team that slept out last year. It was a very emotional experience and made me realise how easily life can take a turn for the worse and how important just a small amount of stability can be when helping somebody get back on their feet. The work that 1625ip do for young people in Bristol is simply incredible and I hope this year’s sleep out raises record amounts for them.” 

Take part

There are still spaces open to the public. It costs £10 to register and there is a commitment to raising at least £60 in sponsorship.  Live entertainment, hot food and drinks will all be on offer before “Lights Out”. Registration for the event is available online at http://www.1625ip.co.uk/sleepout2015

The majority of “sleepers” are expected to head straight to work the next morning without indulging in the everyday comforts that they are used to like a warm shower.
Event organisers are keen to encourage those not able to join them at Temple Quay to take part in their very own sleep out by turning their lights off early, going the evening without life’s little luxuries, or even sleeping on the living room floor – with camping out in the garden for the adventurous.

For those wishing to make a donation can text BRZZ88 and the amount you wish to give (e.g. BRZZ88 £5) to 70070
Join the conversation on Twitter @OVOenergy  @1625ip  #brizzz  #sleepout

More Information

For further press enquiries or interview opportunities, please contact:

1625 Independent People - www.1625ip.co.uk
Contact: Pilar Garcia, Funding and Communication Manager
Tel:  0117 317 8800 / 07956 306 492
Email: pilar.garcia@1625ip.co.uk

OVO Energy – www.ovoenergy.com
Contact: Shula Smith, Head of PR
Tel: 07863 342 317
Email: shula.smith@ovoenergy.com

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