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Employees urged to sleep under the stars for homeless charity

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Threshold's Big Swindon SleepoutThreshold's Big Swindon SleepoutBusinesses in Swindon are being urged to support a sleep-out in aid of the town's homeless.

The event is being run by Threshold, a Swindon charity that has been helping homeless people in the town for 47 years.

The charity's chief development officer, Michael Keenan, said: "The Swindon Sleep-out gives people the opportunity to experience what it is like to sleep rough, but in a safe environment with the support of friends or colleagues.

"Companies can use the sleep-out as part of their corporate and social responsibility commitments, or even turn it into a team-building exercise. Team building becomes more effective when participants are taken beyond their comfort zone, and the sleep-out really offers that."

Companies can also apply to be registered as a Business Against Homelessness and earn the right to use the accreditation kite-mark.

Participants are urged to secure sponsorship from friends and family. All the money raised will be used to provide food, bedding, and survival packs to people living on Swindon's streets this winter, as well as running the Threshold day centre, which provides hot drinks, sandwiches, and support.

The event will be held at the Supermarine Sports Club, Supermarine Rd, Swindon SN3 4BZ from 8pm on Friday, December 6 until 7.30am the following morning when breakfast is served. Individuals and businesses can register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.