Fundraising tips for our sleep out champs

The NUMBER ONE reason people donate is because: they were asked! 

Once registered, you will have access to your own personal fundraising page and a fundraising link that you can share via email, WhatsApp or social media. 

Share this link with as many people as you can with updates of how you are preparing for your Sleep Out so your friends, family and colleagues can support you sleeping out for Simon.

Click on the + below to see our top tips to help you reach your fundraising target for this year’s Sleep Out.

Fundraising Tips

Tell your story! Let people know why you have decided to Sleep Out for Simon and raise vital funds for our Homelessness Prevention Services.

Fundraisers who add a profile picture to their fundraising page raise, on average, 86% more than those without a profile picture.

Make it personal such as a fun selfie of you or your team, a photo from last year’s Sleep Out or even a pic of your beloved pet.

Rally your friends, colleagues, team mates or social group to come together for one night to Sleep Out for Simon.

If your team would like to join one of our Community Sleep Outs in Galway city centre, Salthill, Loughrea or Oranmore please contact Karol at 

Now it’s time to tell EVERYONE – your dog, family, friends, colleagues, teammates and anyone else you can think of – that you are Sleeping Out for Simon to raise awareness and funds for people facing the fear of homelessness in your community.

Share your iDonate fundraising link as often as you can with updates on:

   • who you are sleeping out with,

   • where you are sleeping out,

   • how much you want to raise, and

   • how you are preparing for the big night!

Let them know why you are taking the challenge and why you want to make such an amazing difference in your local community.

Don’t forget to add a photo or a quick video!

Click here to see an email template you can send to your colleagues, friends or family to Sleep Out for Simon.

Click here to see an email and short message template you can send to invite people to donate to your fundraising page. 

Add a Sleep Out for Simon email signature (see below) to your personal and work emails.

Don’t forget to hyperlink it to your fundraising page so people can just click and donate!

Social media is a powerful tool to raise awareness and funds.

Like and follow our social media pages to keep up to date with Sleep Out and Galway Simon news.

We share interesting content about our work and the people we work with which you can share with your friends and followers.

Don’t forget to use #sleepout4simon when you post or share our content!

Together, we can make a real difference to the families and individuals at risk of homelessness in our community.

Example social media post

On [date], I am Sleeping Out for Simon in [enter location] for one night in solidarity with those facing the fear of homelessness here in the West.

You can help too by sleeping out and raising funds or by donating to my fundraising page here: [add link to fundraising page].

Thanks a million!

[your name]


There are many fun ways to fundraise!

Check out the list of activities below that you or your team could do to fundraise as part of your Sleep Out.

Kick Start your Fundraising

Getting started on your fundraising journey by downloading your personal Sleep Out for Simon Fundraising Guide

Spread the Word

Fundraising, recruiting your team and spreading the word about the Sleep Out is not a solo mission. 

We have everything you need to get started! Download what you need below.