Could you sleep under the stars to support people experiencing homelessness?

Key Unlocking Futures Ltd, our charity which helps people going through tough times to take back control of their lives, is inviting the community to attend its Big Sponsored Sleep Out this spring.

The event takes place at Lancashire Football Association, in Leyland, on Friday 13 May, from 8pm until 6am the following morning.

The Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Jane Bell, will officially open the event and talk to young people who have experienced homelessness and are now living in supported housing run by Key. She will also meet those who are taking part in the sleep out.

There will be a quiz and raffle, and people are encouraged to bring their own games, sleeping bags, blankets, food and drink. The cafe at LFA will also be open.

Businesses are being encouraged to organise teams to sign up, but individuals can also register.

Under 18s are not allowed, but families can still take part by sleeping out in their own back garden or pitch a tent up in their homes.

Ursula Patten, Operations Director at Key, which is based in Leyland, said: “We are delighted to be holding our very first sleep out this year at the LFA.  We also want to include as many families as we can in our sponsored event through a virtual sleep out, asking them to sleep out in their own gardens under the stars. 

“It’s important we say that of course we know this type of activity could never compare to what it is really like to sleep rough, but it does enable us to shine a spotlight on homelessness and allow us to raise much needed funds for our charity. 

“Money raised through the sponsorship event will allow us to continue to deliver much needed services across Lancashire.

Key supports people to build brighter futures, by offering a range of services to help them to find a home, gain employment, connect with their community and boost their health and wellbeing.

“I’d also like to say a huge thank you to the LFA for providing its venue free of charge and to everyone who commits their time to get involved and raise sponsorships.”

Registration for the Big Sponsored Sleep Out event is £20, with a target of raising £200 sponsorship per person. 

Registration for the virtual sleep out is £10, with a target of raising £100 sponsorship per family.

Key is also looking for a business to sponsor or donate refreshments for the event. To sign up or find out more, email Jayne Allison at or call 01772 678979.

You can also sign up here: Key’s Big Sponsored Sleep Out - Key Unlocking Futures (