Tomorrow night will see a group of hardy souls gather at the Stade and spend the night in cardboard boxes, sleeping rough!
It’s the annual Hastings Big Sleep, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Seaview Project based in Hatherley Road St Leonards.
Tomorrow also sees the arrival of Seaview’s new Chief Officer Dave Perry who takes over from Annie Whelan who led the project for four years and saved it from almost certain closure four years ago.
Hastings In Focus has written extensively about Seaview over the last 15 months and to mark 2019’s Big Sleep we’ve gathered together a collection of stories that have appeared on our site that might give readers an insight into the work of a truly inspiring organisation just click on any or all of the links below.
We spent time with the night time outreach workers who go out to make regular contact with the town’s rough sleepers.
The first story we ever ran about Seaview followed a visit to the project by MP Amber Rudd just after Seaview had won a top national award for its work.
We profiled the work of Annie Whelan who has ben Chief Officer of the project for the last four years
An overview of the work Seaview carries out
John Evans was Seaview’s first Chief Officer and helped shape the organisation, he is still fondly remembered by those involved with Seaview
Why there’s a need for The Big Sleep
Steve Sampson has taken part in several Big Sleeps – here’s why he is so committed
Last year we took part in The Big Sleep and here’s what we wrote immediately afterwards