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Published on: Galway Simon Community News

Ballinasloe Sleep Out in aid of Galway Simon

Tuesday 7th February 2017

Galway Simon supporter, Stephen Spollen, will undertake a 12 hour sponsored sleep out on Saturday 25th February from 6pm to 6am in a bid to raise awareness for homelessness and to fundraise for Galway Simon Community.

The Offaly native told of how he has noticed the visible increase in homelessness and recently interacted with a homeless person which prompted him to do the sleep out fundraiser. He said that it made him realise that homelessness can happen to anyone and he has asked for the public’s support. “I would ask that people get involved, especially on this one, as not much focus is put on rural homelessness”, Stephen said.

The sleep out will take place in Ballinasloe Town Centre near the iconic horse statue where Stephen will be joined by others swapping their beds for sleeping bags. If you’d like to support Stephen and his fundraiser, visit and search for ‘Stephen Spollen’.

All proceeds raised will go to Galway Simon Community. In 2016, we worked with 622 households, including 177 households in the Ballinasloe area alone.