The Big Issues annual ‘Big Sleep Out’ will take place on November 16th 2018 at the Kia Oval, writes Christopher Carey…

Now in its 8th year, the event aims to raise funds for The Big Issue Foundation, which helps thousands of socially disadvantaged people across the UK.

Those who take part will spend the night without shelter to show solidarity with Big Issue vendors, many of who find themselves sleeping rough at some point in their lives.

Participants will also personally hear from Big Issue vendors with first-hand experience of homelessness before they take on the challenge.

Stephen Robertson, CEO of The Big Issue Foundation, said: “Events like this enable us to ensure that our services team can tackle the complexities of rough sleeping, exclusion and the many other complex issues that challenge Big Issue vendors on a daily basis’’.

Registration costs £25 (or £20 per person for a team of 5+) and there is a fundraising target of £350.

Funds raised from the event go directly to The Big Issue Foundation.

Visit bigissue.org.uk/sleep for more information and to sign up.