Record Number Of People To Sleep Rough In Piece Hall

300 people are expected to attend the Big Calderdale Sleep Out in Halifax tonight

Homeless Charity SmartMove are holding the Big Calderdale Sleep Out, where people sleep out in the cold, to experience for one night what it's like to be Homeless.

In the past 3 years they have held it at The MBI Shay Stadium, with around 60-80 people.

The event will be held at Halifax's Piece Hall tonight, and 300 people are expected to turn up. Within 24 hours of the registration page going live on Tuesday 11th of September, the event was sold out. 

Chris Walker, CEO of Calderdale SmartMove said: "We're thrilled that so many people want to take part in our Big Sleep Out Event. Homelessness is a growing problem across the UK and it becomes most noticeable in winter.

"We cannot truly replicate what it is like to be scared, lonely and isolated through this event, but it can help make a real difference through raising awareness of the issues affecting homeless people in the region."

Chris told us about his experiences taking part in the Sleep Out.

 SmartMove are hoping to raise up to £20,000 for this year's event, 

People that are participating will get to hear from some of SmartMove's clients and will get supper provided by a field kitchen by the RAF Regulars and Reserves.

For more information go to  Calderdale SmartMove's website at:  Or if you want to donate go to


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