The Big Sleep is held every winter to raise money for Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Appeal – helping older people in Cumbria stay warm and safe during the cold winter months. In the first two years, the Big Sleep attracted more than 400 people and raised almost £40,000 for the appeal.
In 2016 it was due to be on Saturday 30th January at the Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere.
After much consideration we have taken the decision to postpone this weekend’s Big Sleep and re-schedule it for Saturday 27th February. We have been advised by the contractors that they may not be able to erect the marquee because of water-logging on site. We also know that the site is very wet. With another four days of rain forecast and high winds forecast for Saturday night we believe it would make sleeping out and camping extremely challenging and potentially unsafe.
In a bad winter, 300 elderly Cumbrians die every year due to cold weather as they are made to choose between heating and eating. The Big Sleep raises money for the Winter Warmth Appeal – a pot of cash distributed to help older people suffering from rising fuel costs and poor health.
Take a look at our latest poster for information for the 2016 event.
Click here to view all the photos from the 2015 event.