Bad weather postpones Big Sleep

27th January 2016

The recent severe weather and further forecasted gales has postponed an outdoor charity fundraiser.

Cumbria Community Foundation’s ‘Big Sleep’ was being held this Saturday to help raise money for the charity’s Winter Warmth Appeal.

More than 200 people have already signed up to sleep in a field behind the Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel in Windermere but severe weather warnings have forced the charity to make the difficult decision and postpone the event until Saturday 27th February.

All previous entries have been automatically transferred to the new date and there is still room to accommodate more campers. Online entries will remain open until Thursday 25th February.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of the Foundation said: “We did not take the decision lightly to postpone the event due to high winds and heavy rain. We knew that some people will be disappointed but safety is paramount. I would like to thank all participants for their positive feedback and we look forward to seeing everyone next month.”

The Big Sleep will see hundreds of people being sponsored to camp out for the night in a field in January where temperatures will drop below zero. Last year, it went down to minus six and the tents were frosted up on the inside.

Cumbria Community Foundation tries to take people’s mind off the cold during the event by providing live music, lantern making, food and drink and a movie before everyone has an early night under the stars.