Award-winning Seaview and the essential work it does every day

Tomorrow night will see a group of hardy souls gather at the Stade and spend the night in cardboard boxes, sleeping rough!

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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.

Dave Perry who succeeds Annie Whelan as Chief Officer at Seaview.

We spent time with the night time outreach workers who go out to make regular contact with the town’s rough sleepers. 

Rough sleepers aren’t statistics – we meet the real people living on the margins

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.

Seaview Project has ‘exceptional’ impact on its community

We profiled the work of Annie Whelan who has ben Chief Officer of the project for the last four years

Annie Whelan – maintaining the proud traditions of Seaview’s founders

An overview of the work Seaview carries out

Seaview – hope and inspiration for those on the margins

John Evans was Seaview’s first  Chief Officer and helped shape the organisation, he is still fondly remembered by those involved with Seaview

‘Hit by a boulder’ the man who shaped Seaview

Why there’s a need for The Big Sleep

Rough sleeping in Hastings is a growing problem – Seaview plans positive action

Steve Sampson has taken part in several Big Sleeps – here’s why he is so committed

‘The isolation must be frightening’ one man’s commitment to The Big Sleep

Last year we took part in The Big Sleep and here’s what we wrote immediately afterwards

A Saturday morning with a sense of achievement




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