Search

Residents to sleep rough in Romford to raise awareness of homelessness

10:00 27 February 2014

Romford YMCA is preparing for its Sleep Easy event

Romford YMCA is preparing for its Sleep Easy event

Archant

Residents will be sleeping rough tomorrow to raise awareness of homelessness in the community.

Sleep Easy, an annual event run by the YMCA, will take place outside the charity’s Romford branch in Rush Green Road from 7pm until 6am Saturday.

Havering’s mayor, Cllr Eric Munday, will be launching the evening, which will see participants sleep in cardboard boxes.

YMCA staff will be on hand with hot drinks, snacks and breakfast to see them through the challenge.

The Romford site’s communications and events coordinator, Sara Colenutt, said: “Whilst this is a serious issue, the event will be light-hearted and fun.

“We are running a best box competition and are asking participants to bring materials such as wrapping paper, stickers and pens to decorate their boxes.

“We recognise that the event is far removed from the reality of homelessness, but are hoping that it will give people an insight into the challenges that homeless people face.”

Those taking part should bring lots of warm clothing, including hats, socks and jackets.

To register or make a donation to the cause, visit www.romfordymca.org.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 10:08
Members of the Habbit Factory

A friendly and inclusive drama group are inviting children of all abilities to join.

Fri, 19:51
Travellers who set up camp in the closed park in OldChurch Road, Romford.

One man was arrested on suspicion of fly tipping and criminal damage as travellers were moved on from Oldchurch Park early this morning (Friday)

Fri, 18:29
Tony Cottee celebrates a goal for West Ham

West Ham “legend” Tony Cottee, will be visiting The Liberty Shopping Centre tomorrow for the opening of a betting shop.

Fri, 14:14
Officers line South Street as they prepare for revellers to leave Fiction nightclub

Sat in a police van, officers switch their gaze up and down Romford town centre watching for any disorder.

Fri, 13:59
Walthamstow Coroner's Court

A father-of-three whose body was found in a tree at a Romford school had a history of depression, an inquest has heard.

Fri, 13:25
Essex and East London Tangent club

If you are a woman interested in forming friendships and giving back to the community through charity work, then this club could be for you.

Travellers who set up camp in the closed park in OldChurch Road, Romford.

A group of travellers were moved on from Oldchurch Park, Oldchurch Road, Romford, in the early hours of this morning by police.

Fri, 12:00
Residents of Ravenscourt Grove are upset that their homes may be deomolished

Relatives of older people living in sheltered housing have spoken of their concern after it was revealed many sites may be demolished or renovated.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All entrants can get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now