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18th Aug, 2022

Shakespeare 'sleepout' to raise awareness

A NIGHT under the stars in Stratford is set to raise awareness and funds to help the homeless.

Birmingham-based charity St Basils is hosting the ‘Shakespeare SleepOut’ event on the recreation ground on Friday August 10 from 6pm.

The free event – sponsored by Rosconn Group and supported by Stratford Town Trust – aims to raise awareness of the services provided by the charity which is helping some 140 young people across Warwickshire at risk of homelessness.

It provides training and employment opportunities to help vulnerable people build confidence and life skills.

The sleepout will include optional games, activities and competitions, as well as prizes for the best Shakespearean fancy dress and performance to be judged by Stratford mayor John Bicknell.

Boxes will be provided by the charity for people to sleep in and to enter in the most ‘creative dwelling’ competition.

Town trust spokeswoman Rachel Jones said: “We are very pleased to be able support St Basils to raise awareness of youth homelessness in Stratford.

“This is a symbolic move from the trust as we have not supported this campaign through our traditional grant funding, but through working together and sharing our knowledge and assets. We know that housing and homelessness is an increasing area of concern for the town and commend St Basils for their tireless commitment and work with young people.”

Visit stbasils.org.uk/shakespearesleepout to book a ticket.

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