The BIG Sleep at Salisbury Cathedral Goes Woof

Alabaré's Flagship event, The BIG Sleep welcomes those who want to take a stand against homelessness, and sleep out, to raise awareness of the plight of those forced to call the streets home, and to raise much needed funds. With new and never seen before cuts to the funding of our Homes & Services as

of 2018, Alabaré needs to raise £1.7 million to help those who are most at need.

So come armed with cardboard, warm clothes, a sleeping bag or two, and a huge heart. You will have the honour of sleeping under the stars in the cloisters at the very beautiful Salisbury Cathedral. An impressive and humbling venue that gives a real sense of how blessed we are to be able to go back to a warm and dry home afterwards.

And for the first time ever, Salisbury Cathedral are generously allowing 30 well behaved dogs to join their well behaved owners to keep them company through this wintery night. Many of the rough sleepers Alabaré helps understand the priceless bond between themselves and their canine companions, when life on the streets is their reality.

Anyone bringing a dog must read our Rules For Well Behaved Dog Owners below before signing up.

Everyone who signed up pledges to raise a minimum of £100 for Alabaré's work with the most vulnerable.

Once you have signed up, a full fundraising pack, tips on how to survive the night and what to expect will come your way.

If you have any questions, please email


Rules For Well Behaved Dog Owners

We are delighted you and your canine companion are joining us. There will be people of all ages there - from secondary schools to the retired, and we cannot assume everyone is as much a fan of dogs as we are, so please:

1. Ensure your dog in under your control at all times. Any dog that is unable to behave will be asked to leave.

2. Your dog must remain on a lead at all times.

3. Do not allow your dog to go off wandering. We expect your dog to be by your side throughout the night.

4. Please ensure your dog has been to the toilet outside the cloisters before coming into the event. There will be a door that will remain unlocked throughout the night should you need to take your dog for a loo break.

5. Please try to prevent your dog from going to the bathroom against any of the building - we accept accidents can happen so please use the disinfectant spray afterwards should this occur.

6. The grass at the centre of the cloisters is sanctified ground and no-one can enter.

7. Some of our Big Sleepers will be great fans of dogs. Please only bring a dog that has the personality to cope with a bit of fame and fuss. We will ask everyone to ask you if it is ok to approach beforehand.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All participants must be 14 plus at the time of the event. Anyone aged under 18 must bring a signed consent form to enable them to participate. Anyone under 18 must come with an adult who has agreed to be responsible for their welfare throughout the event.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There are a number of car parks around Salisbury. Please do not use George Mall car park as you may not be able to access it the next morning as early as you would like. There is NO parking within the Cathedral Close.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

In the first instance email

Rebecca Mullen is Alabaré's Events Manager and she can be contact on 07710 306246 or

Can I bring my sponsorship money with me on the night?

Yes you can. If you have set up a Just Giving or Give.Net page then the money you have raised will come directly to Alabaré and you don't need to do anything more. If you pay your money to us via BACS or PayPal please let us know by email.

Do I have to give my full contact details?

Yes - this is vital for us to be able to comply with Health and Safety requirements.

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6 The Close, SP1 2EJ
02 February , Friday 20:00

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