Launch Event of The YMCA Bournemouth Big Sleep Easy 2024 is a great success

Over 40 people representing 15 businesses recently attended the launch event of the YMCA Bournemouth’s Big Sleep Easy 2024.

They heard from Sheena Dayman from the YMCA, on the impact that YMCA Bournemouth has had on providing help and support for people experiencing homelessness. In addition, the attendees 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 warmly invited to take part in this truly unique charity fundraising event. Aimed at raising awareness of the local/national homelessness issue, whilst also raising essential funds to enable your local YMCA to continue to increase its positive and invaluable local impact. Your funds 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 offers a fantastic challenge to 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.’  Mark Benham, partner Lester Aldridge.

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

Image: (L-R) Mark Benham, Lester Aldridge; Sheena Dayman, YMCA Bournemouth; Brian Ramsey, Barchester; Michelle Venn, Barchester Parley Place; Stuart Atkinson, ElectriX

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