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Proceeds from this year’s Sleep Easy will be used to purchase starter and welcome packs for residents at the Cresset accommodation.

Glenn Simmons, Head of Housing at YMCA explained: “The packs include the basics we all need when moving into a new home such as a duvet, pillows, kettle and toaster. These packs are vital to our residents and essentially help them to rebuild their lives.”

The event takes place on Friday September 29 in the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral and the entry fee is £10 per person. Are you up for the challenge to help people like Rav?


Rav went to YMCA Cambridgeshire and Peterborough after spending several months sleeping in a Ford KA with his partner after they became homeless. Rav was struggling and had become depressed, he couldn’t apply for jobs due to not having a fixed address.

Since being at the Cresset accomodation Rav’s confidence has boosted due to safe living conditions and has been supported in gaining his CSCS card.

Rav said: “Since moving to YMCA we have both been provided with the individual we needed in a stable and safe environment. I cannot thank YMCA enough for all the support they have given me.”

Rav has been given guidance as part of the support received. He was invited to the Coca-Cola Customer Hub offices in Peterborough for guidance on improving his CV and interview techniques. Rav inspired employees with his story and experience of support from YMCA.

Glenn Simmons continued: “We are very proud of how hard Rav has worked since he came to live with us, he is determined to get back on his own two feet and we are delighted to have given him the stability he needed to start applying for jobs.

“Sleep Easy gives participants just a tiny indication of the difficulties homeless people face on a daily basis, and I hope that the event will attract even greater numbers than last year and raise both funds and awareness to help us continue to support young people like Rav.”

If you’re interested in taking part in the Sleep Easy event please register on

Ellie Pybus

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