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 is held every winter to raise money for Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Appeal – a pot of cash distributed to help older people suffering from rising fuel costs and poor health. In the first three years, the Big Sleep has attracted more than 600 people and raised almost £50,000 for the appeal.
In 2017, The Big Sleep will be held on Saturday 28th January – and there’s a special twist. Campers will be sleeping in front of the Low Wood Bay Hotel, right on the shore of Lake Windermere.