14th September 2018

Sleep with Simon: everything you need to know

Are you taking part in this year’s Sleep with Simon? It’s our biggest fundraising event of the year and is all set to be a brilliant evening! Below we aim to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the sleepout.

Getting sponsored

If you are taking part in the sleepout we recommend aiming to achieve a minimum sponsorship of £100. We are a small, independent charity which does not receive government funding; instead we survive on sponsorship, fundraising and donations. Your fundraising will help us continue our vital work.

You can collect your sponsorship via the JustGiving website. To create a fundraising page click Fundraise for us in the top right corner. By using Just Giving we can claim the Gift Aid that people pledge ensuring that the maximum possible amount is raised from your hard work!

You can also use a paper sponsorship form.

Sleeping out

On the night, participants will be sleeping outside in the Tilt Yard at the Royal Armories. Whilst the space is enclosed and safe, it is not sheltered from the elements. We will be stewarding the event to ensure your safety as you sleep.

Things to bring

Below are some kit suggestions, but it is of course up to you what you choose to bring on the night.

- Mat, plastic sheet, thick cardboard etc. to lie on.

- Sleeping bag.


- Warm clothes (layers), waterproofs, torch, rubbish bag.

- Banner for your organisation – if you would like to promote your organisation (see below).

- Cash for refreshments and merchandise.

We will not have spare kit to give out on the night so please ensure you bring a kit with you.

NB: The organisers accept no responsibility for any loss or damage of possessions or valuables on the night.

What not to bring

In the interest of Health and Safety we ask that people do not bring alcohol, stoves or fires. Neither tents or audible music are allowed (although personal iPods etc. are of course fine). We reserve the right to ask anyone who is under the influence of alcohol and behaving inappropriately to leave.

Schedule for the night

Participants can begin to sign in and enter from 5.30pm onwards.

Obviously, the main objective is for people to experience, even for one night, the feeling of sleeping in the open. We also have two events running during the night, and participants can choose which they would like to attend:

Red Ladder Theatre Company – an exclusive showing of Mother Courage and her Children. Those wishing to attend this need to be at the event before 7pm.

Motivational speaker – a motivational speaker will be addressing the group.

The evening meal from Manjit’s Kitchen will be served from 18:30 until 21:00.

Breakfast will begin at 6am in the morning.

Banner competition

There will be a competition for the most unique/artistic individual or organisational banner brought to the event. If you want to be in with a chance to win then get making your ‘unique’ banner and bring it along with you – we offer a prize to the best banner! Here are some examples from last year to get you inspired:

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Selfie competition

To take part in our selfie competition on the night, simply:

1. Upload your selfie to our Facebook post on the night so that we can see it.

2. Or use the hashtag #Sleepwithsimonselfie for Twitter and Instagram. If your Instagram or Twitter account is private, we will not be able to view your selfie.

3. The winner will be the selfie with the most likes, so be sure to get your friends and family to like your selfie!


There will be provision for smokers and we ask that people respect this by only smoking in the designated area.


There are toilet facilities on site.

First aid

There will be a fully trained first aider present throughout the event. If you need a first aider, please let one of our stewards know.


This event will still go ahead if the rains descend! Please bear this in mind when you pack your kit, we would strongly recommend that you include waterproof clothing.


Citi Park at Leeds Dock (Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LE) has kindly agreed to allow up to 100 attendees to park for free in their car park.


We are expecting that the media will cover this event. If you are not happy for your support to be publicised then we will respect this wish. Please make sure you let us know in advance.


Please note that no animals are allowed on site.

Under 18s

Unfortunately anyone under the age of 18 will not be allowed to take part in the event.

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