Bishop Martin's Lent Appeal to raise vital funds for young homeless people
This year the Bishop of Chichester, the Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner and the Archdeacon of Brighton and Lewes, Martin Lloyd Williams will join others this Lent to support a charity that helps hundreds of young people and raises awareness of youth homelessness.
YMCA Downslink Group based in Hove will be the designated charity for the 2017 Diocesan Lent Appeal.
Bishop Martin and Archdeacon Martin will bed down for the night on Friday 24 March in the carpark at the rear of YMCA HQ in Hove from 9 pm. They will be joined by other supporters all of whom will be required to make their own bed for the night from cardboard boxes and crates.
YMCA DownsLink Group works across Sussex and West Surrey providing safe accommodation and opportunities for young people who have been made or are at risk of becoming, homeless. Last year the group housed around 550 young people who would otherwise have been homeless. There are many young people who, for a range of reasons, find they can no longer remain living at home. The YMCA works hard to help these young people rebuild their lives, but funding is a constant challenge. The Sleep Easy event raises significant funds to help.
Bishop Martin said, “The rise in numbers – especially of young people – who end up sleeping on the streets is a social scandal that demands our compassion and urgent attention. I am no hero. One night “under cardboard” in no way compares with the despair of those who see homelessness as their only option. But I hope that one night will help to raise a wider awareness of the issue and produce a wider, serious and effective response.” If you want to help make a difference this Lent please support this sleepout.
The YMCA Sleep Easy 2017 will also take place in Brighton, Horsham and Guildford on Friday 24 March.
A Justgiving page has now been setup and you can make your Lent Appeal donations here