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Why do a sleepout in the Cathedral?

The Whitechapel Centre is Liverpool's leading homeless charity, helping those living without a home. Liverpool Cathedral is a vibrant, active place that helps the people of the city in many ways through schools, family workshops, foodbanks and community markets, volunteering, or just being a safe place to keep warm. Together, we are working really hard to make sure everyone in Liverpool can have a place to call home and live to their full potential. Unfortunately, more and more people need our help each year.

We know that many people want to help those they see sleeping on the streets or who are struggling but it can be difficult to know the best way to help. By taking part in the Cathedral Sleepout and raising as much money as possible, you’ll enable us to give people food, find them a home and teach them new skills.

The Cathedral Sleepout is a very rare opportunity to sleep inside the fantastic Liverpool Cathedral. The Sleepout doesn’t compare to sleeping outside on the streets, but we want to help people understand how difficult it might be when you don’t have a place to go.

We also want you to have some fun so there will be lots going on like stories, games and competition to build the best shelter.  

A group of you who want to take part? Yes please, the more the merrier! All we ask is that you there is 1 supervising adult (over 18) for 5 children (under 16) that can come along with you.   

What happens on the day of the event?

Friday 5th April

7pm to 8.30pm - Arrive at the Cathedral for registration and to find yourself your spot where you'll sleep


8.30pm to 10.00pm - Activities and entertainment


10.00pm to 11.00pm - Quiet time and bedding down


11.00pm onwards - Time to get some sleep


Saturday 6th April

7.00am onwards - You've done it! Time to pack down, grab your certificate and make your way home

What do I need to bring?

  • Yourself, and if you are under 18, a supervising adult.

  • Pyjamas

  • Board Games

  • Materials for your den: cardboard, something comfy to sleep on (e.g. camping/floor/yoga mat)

  • Sleeping Bag, Pillows and Blankets

  •  Snacks and a drink - the cafe will be open for light refreshments until about 10pm, however, you are welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks


Please don’t bring:

  • Valuables (Liverpool Cathedral cannot accept responsibility for valuables brought onsite

  • Tents

  • Alcohol (this is an alcohol free event - please don't bring any onsite)

So you understand what it might be like to be without gadgets and technology, we'd like to keep technology to a minimum and so you’ll enjoy the atmosphere of the Cathedral. - If you do bring your please keep the volume to a minimum.


What do I need to do before the event? Fundraise like crazy!

We’re challenging everyone taking part to raise £50 or more each.


There will be a prize for the individual and the group who raises the most money.

Once you have registered for the event, you’ll be able to set-up a Give as you Live donate online fundraising page. This is really quick and easy to use plus it makes it easier for people to sponsor you. You don't have to worry about collecting sponsorship money from everyone if you are sponsored online.

After registering, you'll receive a welcome email. With information about:

  • Setting up your online sponsorship page.

  • Downloading a hard copy sponsor form.

  • Tips to help you reach your fundraising target.




On the day
What to bring
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