The 2018 St Wilfrid's Centre Sleep Out - at The Abbeydale Picture House

What an amazing night - the St Wilfrid's Sleep Out 2018 at the iconic Abbeydale Picture House.

The sell out evening started with over 250 people (including a team of 20 wonderful volunteers and 15 clients) all coming together to join in and watch live entertainment, with a stunning debut performance from St Wilfrid’s Centretainers (funny, brilliant & very emotional, a big well done), dance to the music of the brilliant bands Open Jaw Fayre and The 20ft Squid Blues Band, eat delicious food donated by Harland CafeSilversmiths RestaurantForge Bakehouse, Ladies of Outibridge, and Lidl UK and drink mocktails by Temporary Events.

Then at 11.00 pm, 80 brave people challenged themselves & were sponsored to spend the  night on the cold floor. The Sleep Out guests consisted of teams from: Notre Dame and All Saints Schools, corporate teams from Norton Mayfield Architects, BHP Chartered Accountants, WFI Financial, Daffodil IT, SDL Sheffield and many more individuals including Professor John Groeger 'Sleep' specialist ( part of World Sleep Day celebrations) and a number of inter- generational family teams.

After a broken night sleep, filled with plenty of snoring (which reverberated around the auditorium thanks to the amazing acoustics in Abbeydale Picture House) plenty of hot tea and a spot of gentle yoga session led by the cheerful Lizzy Davison from Wildhorizen  everyone left to brave the freezing elements with a heightened sense and appreciation of what many rough sleepers face each and every night. 

Thank you to everyone who took part either as a guest, volunteer or who supported the event in many different ways from sponsorship to donation of food, drinks, goods and time. Without your support this event would not have been possible.

We very much hope that we have helped raise awareness about some of the issues faced by people sleeping rough in our city and of course raise vital funds to help support our services with Sheffield's homeless and vulnerable adults.  

Thank you from the Staff at St Wilfrid's Centre 


Madeleine Thomas