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More than 40 attend successful launch of YMCA Bournemouth Big Sleep Easy 2024

Launch of the YMCA Big Sleep Easy 2024 at Barchester's Parley Place. Sponsors Mark Benham of Lester Aldridge, Brian Ramsey of Parley Place and Stuart Atkinson of Electrix are pictured with Sheena Dayman of YMCA and Michelle Venn of Parley Place.

By Sam Pither [email protected]

Published: May 10, 2024 | Updated: 10th May 2024

More than 40 representatives from 15 businesses attended the launch event of the YMCA Bournemouth’s Big Sleep Easy 2024.

While there, they heard from the YMCA’s Sheena Dayman on the impact the organisation has had on providing help and support for people experiencing homelessness.

Attendees also heard from Mehdi, who found himself homeless, dependent on alcohol and prescription drugs.

He was offered a room at the YMCA Bournemouth and managed to change his life for the better.

Mehdi said “To me it was like a palace. Whenever I think of it, I can’t tell you how happy it makes me – so content.

“I had a place where I was safe. YMCA Bournemouth gave me a sense of family, talked to me, advised me, arranged courses and gave me the space to unravel what happened.

“It was the best opportunity I ever had.”

Today, Mehdi owns a number of businesses in the local area. “YMCA Bournemouth can change your life. It changed mine.”

This year’s BIG Sleep Easy will be held on Saturday 12 October from 6.45pm through to 6.30am on Sunday 13 October 2024 at Talbot Heath School.

Individuals, groups, clubs and local businesses are invited to take part in the unique charity fundraising event.

It aims to raise awareness of the local/national homelessness issue, whilst also raising essential funds to enable the YMCA to continue to increase its positive and invaluable local impact.

Funds raised help YMCA to support those in need, focused on achieving independent living and to secure a positive long-term future for all.

The BIG Sleep Easy challenges individuals and companies to set themselves a fundraising target, build the best cardboard shelters and ‘survive’ until morning.

For local businesses and organisations, it’s also the perfect opportunity for team building, informal networking and the chance to demonstrate an organisation’s community spirit/ involvement.

“I’m extremely proud that Lester Aldridge continues to support such an important charity, which provides local services and projects that give children, young people and vulnerable individuals hope for a better future,” said Mark Benham, partner at Lester Aldridge.

To find out more or if you wish to take part, please contact Sheena Dayman on 07824333505 or via email [email protected]

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