On Friday 24 November 2017, the comedian, musician, actor, Bill Bailey, joins renowned broadcaster Sandi Toksvig, for the 2017 Robes Project SleepOut, at Southwark Cathedral.
Bill Bailey, who in 2007 and again in 2010, was voted the seventh greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups, will lead a great line-up of evening entertainment. Alongside Bill Bailey and Sandi Toksvig, who will give an interview on stage, the night will also include Dominick Felix – a brilliant young tenor, and Oompah Brass band from Kensington. The night will help the Robes Project celebrate their 10th anniversary, and raise much needed funds to help them run two homeless shelters per night, from November to March.
This is the seventh annual SleepOut at Southwark Cathedral for the homeless in Lambeth and Southwark and hundreds of people are expected to brave potentially freezing cold, wet and windy weather to spend a night sleeping in the churchyard to raise money for the Robes Project homeless shelters.
The event at Southwark Cathedral, will once again be preceded by a gala auction, before people bed down in the safe and secure area next to London Bridge.
This year’s SleepOut aims to raise £130,000 – half of the Project’s running costs – so it can run shelters in two locations each night of the winter. With the rise in the numbers of rough sleepers, the Robes Project rehoused 44 people last year, and the previous event raised more than £105,000 with over 120 people taking part.
Every night, the shelter guests sleep in clean bedding, get hot food, showers and heating, and they have a hot cooked breakfast to start every new day. We use 28 church venues, providing 5,000-bed spaces, and advice and support for around 75 people sleeping rough.
The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark said:
“No one should have to sleep on the streets of London. The SleepOut helps bring this goal closer to reality and aims to raise about £130,000, to keep the homeless shelters running in two locations each night.
“We are very pleased to welcome Bill Bailey and Sandi Toksvig who will help us have a perfect night of entertainment, and we hope to have many people join us and register so fundraising can begin in earnest to meet this year’s target.”
Registration is now open online at http://www.robes.org.uk alternatively email robes.admin@robes.org.uk