Leeds Rhinos Foundation, St George’s Crypt and St Gemma’s Hospice are delighted to announce that they will be teaming up again this year for the 2021 Leeds Big Sleep

This year’s event will take place on Thursday 25 November at Headingley Stadium, with people asked to give up one night of comfort and sleep out on the cold terraces to raise much-needed funds and awareness for some of our city’s most vulnerable people.

The Leeds Big Sleep is a major fundraising event which involves volunteers, business leaders, Leeds Rhinos players and staff all giving up a night of comfort in their bed to highlight the plight of homeless people in Leeds and support the work of all three charities to protect these vulnerable communities.

The previous event at Headingley Stadium raised a record total of £58,000, with more than 250 people braving the cold to join the sleepout.

A whole host of entertainment will take place throughout the evening for participants to enjoy, whilst selfies can be shared on social media using the hashtag #LeedsBigSleep.



Entry is free with a fundraising target of £100. Participants must be 18 years or older on or before the event.

We recently had noticed that Virgin Money Giving – the fundraising platform, will be closing down days after our next big event.  For this reason, we have decided to use Just Giving instead.

If you can’t take part, but would like to donate to the cause and support our sleepers, please click HERE to visit our official Leeds Big Sleep fundraising page. Your support really does make a huge difference to the lives of people in our city.

For more information, please contact gareth.cook@leedsrhinosfoundation.org.

  • St Gemma’s Hospice is a Leeds-based charity providing expert care and support for local people with life-limiting illnesses. It is the largest hospice in Yorkshire and one of the largest in the UK and provides free-of-charge care and is open to patients of all beliefs, religions and cultures.
  • St George’s Crypt, which runs a homeless shelter and care centre, has been working with homeless and vulnerable people since 1930 and serves almost 750 three-course meals every week to those in need.
  • Leeds Rhinos Foundation was formed in 2005 to work with some of the city’s most disadvantaged people by using the power of sport to inspire positive changes in their lives.

All proceeds from the Leeds Big Sleep In will be split equally between Leeds Rhinos Foundation, St George’s Crypt and St Gemma’s Hospice.

For further enquiries about the Leeds Big Sleep or for fundraising support, please contact cheryl.harrington@stgerogescrypt.org.uk.