Sleep Out broadcast from Duke of York Square raises over £140,000 for charity Glass Door

Supported by Cadogan, the event funds local night shelters throughout the winter across south and west London

Glass Door’s annual Sleep Out on Friday 2 October was a little different this year. The event has been hosted at Duke of York Square since it began in 2013, but due to government restrictions, Sleep Out 2020 went fully virtual. Over 300 people gave up their beds across the UK on this wet and stormy evening, opting to spend the night on rooftops, balconies, church doorways and vestries, to raise awareness and funds for charity Glass Door.

The Square became the broadcast hub, hosting a live-streamed programme throughout the night, to keep everyone connected with content from Colin Firth, a message from Dame Helen Mirren, as well as presenters Bibi Lynch and Elizabeth Healy interviewing a range of special guests including Chelsea FC legend Paul Canoville, sleep specialist Dr Kat and former guests of Glass Door.

Over the years, the Glass Door Sleep Out at Duke of York Square has raised in the region of £1.4 m and seen more than 1,000 people taking part.

With a 33% rise in homelessness in London between April and June this year and the economic impact of the pandemic due to hit hard over the coming months, Glassdoor are rising to the challenge of providing vital shelter, food and support, as well as keeping people safe while Covid-19 is still at large.

We wish it wasn’t needed, but we’re glad that with the support of so many, Glass Door can provide a safety net for many of those who need it most.

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